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How do i change the starter of my 1995 ford ranger 3.2L

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how do i change the starter of my 1995 ford ranger 3.2L
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Hammer Time replied 11 years ago.

I assume you meant 2.3 not 3.2


See Figure 3 to 6

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.

  2. Raise the front of the vehicle and install jackstands beneath the frame. Firmly apply the parking brake and place blocks in back of the rear wheels.

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Fig. 3: Disconnect all wires connected to the starter, including this ground wire on the starter moutnting bolt stud

  1. Tag and disconnect the wiring at the starter.

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Fig. 4: Some starters use a self-threading bolt to hold the starter cable

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Fig. 5: Remove the starter motor (arrow) mounting bolts ...

  1. Remove the starter mounting bolts and remove the starter.

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Fig. 6: ... then remove the starter-be careful, the starter motor can be quite heavy

To install:

  1. Position the starter motor against the engine and install the mounting bolts. Tighten the mounting bolts to 15-19 ft. lbs. (21-27 Nm).

  2. Install the starter solenoid connector by pushing it straight on. Ensure that the connector locks in position with a notable click.

Install the starter cable nut to the starter solenoid B-terminal. Tighten the nut to 80-123 inch lbs. (9-14 Nm).

  1. Connect any remaining wiring to the starter motor.

  2. Lower the front of the vehicle and remove the wheel blocks.

  3. Connect the negative battery cable.