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I'm wondering if there are obvious visual differences between a starter for an auto trans, and one for a manual. I remember hearing years ago that they are not interchangeable. Is it that they mount on opposite sides of the bell housing? Or do they fit into a different shaped opening?
I just got a new starter replacement bought on Hexautoparts.com, and it looks the same as my old one as far as I can see, but just thought I would ask and be sure before I bolt it up.
 

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I'm wondering if there are obvious visual differences between a starter for an auto trans, and one for a manual. I remember hearing years ago that they are not interchangeable. Is it that they mount on opposite sides of the bell housing? Or do they fit into a different shaped opening?
I just got a new starter replacement bought on Hexautoparts.com, and it looks the same as my old one as far as I can see, but just thought I would ask and be sure before I bolt it up.
Using the manual transmission starter in the automatic transmission Explorer, and many other Ford vehicles means that the starter will never engage the flywheel starter gear teeth. Please note that the flywheel gear that the starter engages is about 1.5 inches closer to the starter in an manual transmission vehicle. So there are two different starters.
 

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i got a free Toyota pickup by fixing a guys ford van, he went through three starters until i came along. he though his engine was seized it was just a manual starter in an auto trans and it broke the nose cone off .
 
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