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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-18-2014, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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They obviously don't work on the cars/truck they design! Probably never see that motor once it's installed either.

I changed out the starter today on my F150. I've replaced starters many times over the years, on Dodge and Chevys. Never had any problems removing them. First time on a Ford though.
I'd like to go find the dude that designed the mounting for that and wedge his hands and forearms up to where the top bolt is located.
It took me a good 20-30 minutes, a concoction of rachet extenders and u-joints, and lots of missing skin, just to get the socket to stay on the bolt head enough to be able to break it loose! And this was with the truck up on a lift. Glad I didn't try to do it at home like I thought about! Once I got that bolt out though, the bad one was off and the new starter installed in about 15 minutes.
Good thing the kids weren't at the garage with me, they'd have learned a few new words
Of course that wouldn't be too bad, until they repeated them to Mommy

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Re: Engineers!

What year and what engine?
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My DIL has a Ford Escape w/a transverse V6. To change the rear three spark plugs we had to remove the intake manifold.
What was a 10-15 minute job in the good 'old days to change eight plugs only took 3-1/2 hours!

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What was a 10-15 minute job in the good 'old days to change eight plugs only took 3-1/2 hours!

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sounds too me that the job went pretty smooth.
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It actually did, once I got that one bolt out
I just had to vent a bit yesterday on the location of that thing!

I had just finished doing the brakes so I decided it was time to swap out the starter. Figured it was time since I had the new one in the tool box for the past 18 months or so. I procrastinate a bit
The old starter wasn't bad, except for me stripping the stud a few years ago. The cable would come loose once in a while and of course the truck wouldn't start until I crawled under and rigged it up to stay tight. It was one of those, I'll deal with this until I get a chance to get to it.

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Now you know why those mechanics tool boxes are so big. All that stuff that engineers design for the truck, they also design a special tool to be used to change out the part.
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At least Ford brakes are super easy to do.
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Now you know why those mechanics tool boxes are so big.
Especially today with mix and match metric/SAE stuff they use.
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At least Ford brakes are super easy to do.



I hope I feel the same about the VW's brakes when I do them in a couple of weeks!
Waiting for the parts to come in, not putting it off....yet.

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