Why does the starter keep going out on my 2001 F150 4x4


Asked by May 25, 2016 at 11:17 AM about the 2001 Ford F-150 Lariat Crew Cab 4WD SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2001 F150 4x4 5.4 liter engine with around 154,000 miles.  
I have replaced the starter 3 times in the past two months
and went out today and it's out again.  New battery and
connectors, new O'Reilly lifetime warranty starter that
lasted 3 days.  Had fuel filter and fuel pump replaced prior
to this happening.  Is there some issue that;s causing this
to happen?  Please help me!  I live alone and only have this
truck to drive.  I live about 15 miles from the nearest auto
parts store and mechanic.  Missing work and doctor
appointments due to this.

5 Answers

Wagner Conti

The engine is too heavy right now maybe it's time to you flush the motor

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Flush what exactly please? And I was always told to just drain and not flush (transmission for example) to get all of the crud out instead of stirring it up?


Don't I have to be able to start the truck to flush the radiator? So after replacing the starter I should try flushing the radiator to lighten the engine and thus keep the starter from getting too hot?


I'm sorry to be such a novice at this repair stuff. I have a good friend that has been replacing my starters and I just want to be able to tell him what I found out. Thanks so very much.


Does your exhaust pipe run close to the starter? In my younger days I had a Roadrunner 383 which would eat up starters. Finally brought it to a local speed shop and the mechanic stated when someone changed the original starter they removed the heat shield and did not replace it. Couldn't find one, even in a junk yard, as most are discarded when starters are pulled out. Check and see if the vehicle came with a heat shield when new. If it did, you'll probably have to have one made. Your problem sounds heat related.

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