Where is the Starter Located in a Ford Taurus?

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The starter is a compact, high-torque electric motor used to spin the engine up to a high enough RPM that it will start. Though model specifics will vary, the starter on any car, including a Ford Taurus, is always located at the juncture of the engine and the transmission bell-housing, and it runs parallel with the engine's valve covers.

Appearance

  • The starter is a metal cylinder about 3 inches in diameter and 5 to 7 inches long. It is secured to the engine with three bolts and has a small wiring harness coming from the rear.

If You Can't Find It

  • Follow the thick red cable running from the positive side of your battery and under the engine. The starter is connected to the other end.

Older Starters

  • Older Ford Taurus starters (first through third generations) are located on the rear of the engine, near the firewall.

Newer Starters

  • On fourth generation and newer Tauruses, the starter is located on the front of the engine, near the radiator. On current generation cars, the starter is hidden behind a plastic splash shield that must be removed.

Fun Fact

  • A starter produces so much torque, it's capable of powering manual transmission cars at speeds approaching 5 mph.

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