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

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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.

6 Answers

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

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

Your trouble is an O'Reilly starter we have three different trucks and we have put new starters on them and every time we turn around the O'Reilly starter goes bad so we ended up putting Factory starters on them and have not had no more problems the Parts O'Reilly's is getting is sorry

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