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Old 03-31-2007, 08:57 PM   #1
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Default How hard is it to replace ths starter?

Mine is dying. Looks like you have to remove have the engine to get to it.

Can it be done DIY stylie?
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It is a bit of a PITA.

The bolts are a bit of a bitch, especially the inner top one. Other than that it is not too bad.

I did mine in my driveway this winter lying in a snowbank...
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Yikes!

Tankies.
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Mine is dying. Looks like you have to remove have the engine to get to it.

Can it be done DIY stylie?
Jack, jack stands, and a few good extensions and you can replace it in about 20 minutes. It's not nearly as hard as it looks, you just have to do it from under the car. I usually side in from the passengers side behind the front tire and work with it from there. If you have any trouble post here and someone will help you out right quick I'm sure.
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No doubt,

Take a look at my posts for this past month. My car wouldn't be on the road if it wasn't for this forum.

I live in Los Angeles. No matter how many times I have had my car on jackstands, I keep thinking that, as soon as I slide under the car to do that quick 20 minute job, that's when the next earthquake will hit.

Thanks!!
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If it's your first time it will probably take you a while. After the first time it might be a 20 min job.
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If it's your first time it will probably take you a while. After the first time it might be a 20 min job.
Yeah... I have the advantage of having changed engines in mine. A first timer would likely take a solid hour or two. FYI, it is helpful to have a friend reach down from the top to hold it in place so you can unbolt it and then disconnect the wiring once it's free... It's tiring to hold it up and do the wires so I like to enlist a friend.
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All my friends with hands small enough to reach down through the engine bay, past the itake manifold, and hold onto the starter while I unbolt it think grease is icky and are afraid of breaking their nails.

Thanks again guys.
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