Replace a Starter?

Tiny
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  • 1999 FORD CONTOUR
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I have a Ford Contour 4 cylinder 2.0 engine I need a diagram how to put the wires and such back. How to replace a Starter for with pictures or diagram
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Saturday, June 9th, 2012 AT 6:52 PM

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Tiny
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Hello,

Here is a guide and the complete repair guide on how to replace the starter for your car.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-a-starter-motor

Removal & Installation
(2.0L)

Disconnect negative battery cable. Remove air cleaner. Remove upper starter mounting bolts. Raise and support vehicle. Disconnect starter solenoid wire connections. Remove starter motor lower mounting bolt. Remove starter motor. To install, reverse removal procedure. Ensure negative battery cable is installed with starter mounting bolt. Tighten bolts to specification.

When battery is disconnected, vehicle computer and memory systems may lose memory data. Driveability problems may exist until computer systems have completed a relearn cycle. Before testing starter, ensure transmission is in Park or Neutral.

Check out the diagrams (Below)

Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.

Cheers, Ken
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Saturday, June 9th, 2012 AT 7:18 PM
Tiny
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I am not that smart but I did not take it out but was left to put it back in, which to me knowing nothing about where they went made it tricky.

Looks as though I will need to try again on Monday :)
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Sunday, June 10th, 2012 AT 1:36 AM
Tiny
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There's four different starter systems Ford used over the years. Most have the solenoid mounted on the inner fender near the battery. That's the one that can give people trouble because there are multiple wires on one of the large terminals. Ford just used that as a convenient tie point for multiple circuits that come right off the battery. If you're working down by the starter, there should only be one large cable and one small wire. If that's not what you have, describe the wires.

I can't get into Ford's web site, and their service manuals on DVD are really screwed up and won't work on any of my computers.

I think what you have is the third section, "Ford Late Model Starter System". The diagram is more complicated than needs to be for your purposes. If you have two wires, a large cable and a small wire, on your starter, those are the "battery cable" and the "solenoid wire".

There could be other small wires that go to the large terminal but if there are, they are going to have to have larger terminals to fit that stud. If your problem has to do with someone cutting the terminals off, I can help you figure out which one is the solenoid wire.
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Sunday, June 10th, 2012 AT 6:08 AM
Tiny
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I finally got the starter on and the car starts. However when I get up to 45 miles per hour I hear a slight rattle. Did I forget to put something on?
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Monday, June 11th, 2012 AT 4:17 PM
Tiny
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That would depend on where the noise is coming from. Most likely it is not directly related to the job but then again it could be something not correctly torqued or loose.

How, where and what type of noise is required to diagnose and you need to localise the source and possible cause. It could either be engine or drivetrain related.

Noise faults are something that are almost impossible to diganose without the physical vehicle.
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Monday, June 11th, 2012 AT 4:39 PM
Tiny
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Here's something you might consider since it isn't real practical to run alongside the car at 45 mph:

There is a tool you might be able to borrow or rent from an auto parts store that borrows them called the "Chassis Ear". It is a set of six microphones, a switch box, and headphones. You clip the microphones to suspect points, then drive around while listening with the headphones. You can move the microphones around to zero in on the source of the noise. Be aware that many mechanics have never seen or even heard of this tool. Suspension and alignment mechanics use it to find rattles, squeaks, and other noises.
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Monday, June 11th, 2012 AT 9:32 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for all of your help it has a heat shield I fixed now the car is working great!
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Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 AT 12:52 PM

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