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How to Replace a Starter

for the 2005 Ford F-150 XLT 4. Cyl 1.4L and related vehicles change
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Safety Tip:
Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or closed toe shoes.

Open the hood and locate the starter attached to the transmission bell housing. To inspect and remove the starter, it may be necessary to work under the vehicle. Park the vehicle on a solid level surface and set the parking brake. If the vehicle needs to be lifted, support it with jack stands.

If applicable, verify that you have the radio security code before disconnecting the negative battery cable
Disconnect the negative battery cable, wrap the cable end with a shop towel and place it away from the battery post to prevent accidental contact.

Mark the starter electrical wires for installation reference. Remove the starter wires from the starter.

Remove the starter mounting bolts. Remove the starter.
Compare the new starter with the old one to verify that you have the correct part.
Using a flashlight, inspect the flywheel or flexplate teeth (through the opening in the bell housing) while an assistant turns the engine over by hand. You should replace the flywheel (or flexplate) if any teeth have obvious damage; are missing, cracked, or chipped. This repair will require the transmission to be removed.
Install the new starter and its mounting bolts. Tighten the starter mounting bolts to manufacturer's specifications.
Reconnect the electrical wires to the new starter. Be sure to reinstall any wire protective cover.
Remove the positive battery cable. Clean both cable ends and the battery posts with a wire brush. Spraying the cable ends and posts with a mixture of water and household baking soda helps remove battery corrosion. Reconnect the positive battery cable (do not over tighten clamp bolt), and then the negative cable. Make sure the battery cable ends are clean and tight.
Apply a thin, light coating of battery terminal protective lube to the terminals to protect from corrosion. Start the vehicle to verify the repair.
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