i took the three screws out of the Starter and it still didnt budge. Is there any more steps?


Asked by Mar 11, 2014 at 07:31 PM about the 2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4X4

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It may just be frozen in the hole. lightly tap it with a rubber mallet but be sure it doesn't fall on you or your hand. Also, I am guessing you had the sense to remove the battery cable and the wires to the starter. They won't stop you from removing it but they could save you a fire.

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Tracy Hooks

All three bolts should have had 10mm heads and been of the same length. Use a small mirror to look on top of the starter. I think you may have all but one of the starter bolts removed.


He said he removed three bolts. That should include the top bolt too.

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Tracy Hooks

There's one other bolt up there. It bolts the block to the bell housing. You'd know that if you ever worked on a modular engine. If you lay a 4" extension with a short 10mm socket on the starter solenoid between the starter and the solenoid, you're almost guaranteed to find it. These starters do not get stuck in the hole. They can't.

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I have only pulled mine one time from the 2004, 5.4 engine and I don't remember more than 3 bolts to remove it. Are you saying there are 4? or is this the other engine? My starter came out with a slight rap with a rubber mallet.

Tracy Hooks

No. I'm saying that it's easy to mistake a transmission bolt above the starter for a starter bolt


ya, that is something I didn't thin about. I guess I took for granted that he knew a starter bolt from a transmission bolt location. Good possibility

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