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Old 06-29-2015, 02:12 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, first post here!

So here's the sitch: I have a 2000 Ford Focus SE (Zetec engine, manual transmission) that's been my faithful companion for almost a decade. This was the first vehicle I actually bought myself, trading in a gas-guzzling Jeep for it as I needed a commuter car for college. I've been so thrilled with it that I've never bothered trading it in.

Anyway, as with an older vehicle, it's started having things go out. Most recently, the starter went out. I have purchased a new starter and am looking for some guidance regarding removal of the old unit and installation of the new one. What sized sockets will I need (also, SAE or metric) and just some general guidance as to how to proceed. I'm not totally technically inept (having replaced the clutch master just a few months ago after the old one failed and leaked brake fluid all over the floorboard!) but I'm not expert either so any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 06-29-2015, 03:23 PM   #2
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Not sure of what sizes, but should be metric, and a fairly easy job.

Be sure to disconnect the battery first.

Jack stands or bricks; not just a car jack.

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Old 06-29-2015, 06:06 PM   #3
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Likely 13mm and 10mm, might need others for acces
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Old 06-30-2015, 04:43 AM   #4
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10 and 13 in deep socket to get into the plastic recess there. Look close at the cable interface that bolts onto starter, with that age it may well be melted, common.

3 starter bolts @ 13, one you get to from the top after yanking the airbox which simply snaps down. Age will make it harder to get loose but airbox only plugs 3 legs into rubber grommets there.

Battery cable off for sure you can start a fire not doing it.
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Old 07-02-2015, 01:32 AM   #5
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There are 2 bolts you can get on top and 1 I got from underneath I discounted the wire at the alternator going to the starter and pull starter and wires out together
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Everything is metric on your car. Many sizes are close enough to use SAE (like 19mm and 3/4") but many are not.

I know that 10mm is the most common size because that's the socket size I'm missing most of...

Also, almost every car repair you can imagine is on YouTube. Very worthwhile spending a bit of time looking some up for your specific vehicle and repair and watching ahead of time so you have a visual of what you'll be doing (and, one hopes, a few pitfalls to avoid).
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Everything is metric on your car. Many sizes are close enough to use SAE (like 19mm and 3/4") but many are not.
Unless you are pulling the door panels off or taking out the stereo. Ford had the genius idea to use 1/4" heads for those.
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