Friday, June 10, 2011

how to remove top bolt on 1998 ford f150 starter?

Its a very tight fit ,but the way to get at it ,is to take a long extension and come at it from the front over the cross member of the engine with a 13 mm wobbly socket.

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The best way I have found to remove the top bolt is to use a 13mm medium deep socket and swivel, either a 5 or 6 inch extension and a 3/8 air ratchet, lay or stand up under the truck and come in between the engine mount and the starter, you might have to play a little with the extensions to get it just past the end of the starter. I also have used wobble extensions and snaked my way back along side the engine mount and removed it from the front of the engine .Make sure you use a 6 point socket or it will strip the head of the bolt.l

If the bolt head strips on you, sears has a kit that are bolt head grabber sockets that might help out.

While replacing the starter on a F-150 is not difficult, not having the right tools will make the process a nightmare. One of the reasons for this is because of the location of the top mounting bolt. Because of little room and a nasty location, this bolt will require a certain length extension and socket in order to be removed. Everything else is straight forward.


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