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Old 12-07-2001, 08:12   #1 (permalink)
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mad Replacing a Starter on a Probe?

The other day I tried to start my car and nothing happened. Well, I knew it wasn't the battery or anythign like that that I could fix, so I had it towed to the local Lentz and they inspected and told me the starter was fine and it had to be electrical, something they weren't licensed to do.

They towed it to a recommended local shop, the inspected it telling me it was the starter and it had to be replaced. The cost would be nearly $400!!!

Just wondering if this sounds about right. After asking some questions, I was told most of the money goes into labor costs because of the location of the Probe's Starter. If anyone could give me any other info, please, I need this ASAP
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Old 12-07-2001, 14:11   #2 (permalink)
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Probably the best thing to do would be to locate a Ford Service manual for your Probe (not too easy to come by). It more thoroughly explains how to do these things in full detail and better than a Chiltons or Haynes manual in my opinion. I have one but it would be kind of hard for me to type out all the instructions since alot is pics in there...
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Old 12-07-2001, 14:35   #3 (permalink)
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Those starters are east to do i put one on my car and it took me a total of like 30 minutes
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Well, I just told them to fix the stupid thing.....

It'll be done tomorrow and I'll have my car back. Its hard to do any repairs myself... At college and don't really have a garage or tools to work with :(
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Well, I just told them to fix the stupid thing.....

It'll be done tomorrow and I'll have my car back. Its hard to do any repairs myself... At college and don't really have a garage or tools to work with :(
HOLY MOLY!! You just paid $400 to get a starter replaced??? Even if the includes the starter you go ripped a new one! what was the starter, $150 tops? and they charged you $250 to put it in? you basically just gotta move the pass splash gaurd and the intake manifold brack and pull the starter of the bell housing and drop it down.... $400, Whew!
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Well, I did some calling around and the cheapest I could get the starter was $225....

Like I said, car in campus parking lot with no tools does not make jobs possible. I'll beable to make the money back next week when I go home, as long as we get some friggin snow....
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Well, I did some calling around and the cheapest I could get the starter was $225....

Like I said, car in campus parking lot with no tools does not make jobs possible. I'll beable to make the money back next week when I go home, as long as we get some friggin snow....
sure wouldn't have thought a new starter would have costed that much.... I know i need to replace my starter selenoid soon before she completely fails on me.

I understand about school campus and no tools though... Gotta do what ya gotta do huh?
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Old 12-09-2001, 18:37   #8 (permalink)
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Well the starter is actually right on the Transmission... Should be easier to get to on an MTX!
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Well the starter is actually right on the Transmission... Should be easier to get to on an MTX!
ACTUALLY, that starter is only above the transmission on GT MTX's! On the ATX GT's and All 4cyls the starter is behind the motor.
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ACTUALLY, that starter is only above the transmission on GT MTX's! On the ATX GT's and All 4cyls the starter is behind the motor.
Ahhh... I did not know this... Thank you!
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