Topic: Where is starter located Ford straight 6 250 cyl engine on 1977 maverick

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  • jdubmaverick’s Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2008 at 9:23 pm
    I have a problem it is either the starter or the flywheel. Anyway the manual doesn't point me to th elocation of the starter on the straight 6. It started last weekend when the care wouldn't kick over but the older gentleman told me to turn the fan blade and then the car kicked over on the next try. He thought it was a bad tooth on the flywheel. I continued to randomly ha ve this problem this week. Until today.... if it wouldn't turn over, I would get out, rotate the fan blade and on the next try it would start. But, today, my luck stopped. On the last start, it sounded like something knocked loud. Now, the engine wont crank and I keep rotating the engine 1/4 turn and then try again and it just won't work. My oldest son says....hit the starter with a hammer. But I plan on just replacing the starter but first I need to locate it. Do you think it could be the flywheel and now it is missing a bunch of teeth? Any help is greatly appreaciated.
    it is a 1977 maverick with the original straight-6 inline cylindar engine.


  • FriedGreenTMater’s Profile Photo
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    Oct 13, 2008 at 9:12 am
    It's located at the back of the engine down low. You access it through the hood. look for the big battery wire going to it. http://en.wik...ight-6_engine Once you remove the starter you can look in the hole at the teeth on the flywheel to see if there is any damage to them. the gear on the starter is a softer metal and designed so that it will get chewed up instead of the flywheel, so hopefully that is what happened and you will just have to replace the starter. While you have the starter out turn the engine over all the way while looking at the teeth on the flywheel just to make sure.


  • vair95’s Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2008 at 5:39 pm
    Right on cuda! My thinking exactly...I have seen some starters that are not built for the engine that they are on, which a slightly different size tooth would be the root cause of your issue, so double and triple check the new starter part number when you get it.


    My Corvair doesn't leak oil...It just marks its territory!

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    Dec 10, 2008 at 3:25 pm
    Have you been getting a loud grinding sound, or just the starter motor going around quickly? If it is the former, the bendix drive on the starter isn't engaging properly. If the starter is just spinning quickly, it is either the bendix drive not engaging at all, or there is a damaged tooth on the ring gear.

    If, on the other hand, you turn the key and hear a click, and nothing else, you likely have a defective starter motor. If you turn the key and hear nothing at all, the problem is likely a stuck solenoid.

    The Solenoid is the cheapest repair. They are around $20.00, and are mounted on the fender of the car, at the side of the engine compartment. Follow the positive lead from the battery, and there it is. To find the starter motor, follow the second lead from the solenoid to the starter motor. Check the condition of the wires along the way. They could be weak or damaged. They could even be ready to break completely. They are really easy to replace, and the set of 3 is likely to run about $35.00. I always upgrade to 1 gauge wires when I do this.

    When you install the new starter, be sure not to over tighten the bolts, or you will strip the threads in the bell housing flange. If this happens, just use a longer bolt, with a double nut on the back side.

    Good luck.



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