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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-27-03, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Starter for 1997 Sable/Taurus

Hey all.

My starter just died, and being a do-it-yourseler I decided to change it myself.

Problem. I have the DOHC Duratec engine. Most Sable/Tauruses (78%) have the OHV Vulcan engine. They have different starters and my Haynes (go ahead and laugh at me using the haynes manual, but I have to learn somewhere right?) manual only describes how to remove the starter from the Vulcan engine.

I have spent an hour under the car now without being able to figure out how to remove the damn thing. I can only seem to find one bolt (it must be mounted with m,ore than one , right? and I cant seem to figure out how to loosen the wires connected to the starter.

Anyone know where I might look for more reference on this matter? Are Chiltons manuals better than Haynes? Maybe I should get one of those.

Thanks for your help,

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-28-03, 11:57 PM
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Re: Starter for 1997 Sable/Taurus

damn that sounds like an ordeal. I have some haynes manuals and chiltons are better. I don't know why it would be so difficult because I have a 97 taurus with the sissy engine and I could get that starter off in 5 minutes, good luck.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-31-03, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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haha well I spent a amount of time removing the starter. (wasnt hard at all when I figured otu that there was only one bolt on the bottom, and one on the top that held the ground wire. Adfter that I could pull it down and remove the S wire.

So I took it out and ran a bunch of diagnostics on it, and to my surprise it seemed to be working perfectly. At this point my battery suddenly died, and I cursed myself for doing so much work on the starter without chekcing the battery haha.

I didnt think it was the battery casue everything electir worked fine (interior lights, door locks, power windows etc.) But I guess starting an engine requires WAY more form your battery than running a few trivial small electrci devices like those haha.

Oh well.
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