You guys have all the answers so I'm counting on you for help. Does anybody know of an easy way to get at the mounting screws on the starter motor? I am missing the upper outboard screw and want to replace it as well as tighten the others. Between the firewall and the left side drip pan it seems impossible.
Long screw driver to remove. To install, one of those slit shank with sliding sleeve to hold the screw. That or remove the drip pan.
YOu can also tape the screw to the screwdriver, scotch tape works for this and then falls off.
If you pull the starter, always remove the Bendix first. Instructions for that are in the Ford Service Manual.
A long screwdriver should easily reach the two top starter screws. It's easiest to reach the bottom ones if you remove the pan first.
For the two lower ones, use bolts instead of screws, no one will ever know.
Well now everyone knows you use bolts Dan!
I have used Silly Putty, Play Dough or even window glazing putty to hold the screw to the screw driver. It works.
Paul in Tacoma
Or be a real rebel and use and allen head cap screws. They can work on the bendix cover too but of course there you would use the metric thread that is close to but not exactly the same as Ford used.
How often do you really need to get these in and out? I leave the the splash pans off and just use the standard screws.
Removing the starter gives me a great excuse to chew gum.
Dennis, If I ever decide to go for a Stynoski Award, I'll change back the screws, because now I know that will be the first place they will look. LOL
I was wondering if Ford used lock washers on the starter screws. Anybody know since this is a starter thread.
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Thank you all. As I suspected, but wished differently, there are no "simple ways" to get at the mounting screws. So this weekend I'll spend some "quality time" under ol' Gracie.