Getting that starter out is a pain. any suggestions?
I just removed and replaced the starter contacts on my 1995 4runner...twice. It doesn't look like it will fit, but it does. Do all the obvious stuff first, such as disconnecting the battery and removing the skid plate and passenger side access panel in the wheel well. Unbolt the bracket holding the positive wire and move this stuff out of the way as much as possible. Then, get under the vehicle and open up the cover and unbolt the main power supply (the big red wire).
The starter is held in with 2 bolts and both have their own issues. First, the upper bolt is pretty hard to find. If you feel all around the top of the starter you will feel 2 bolts; one is attached to a bracket and is facing the drivers side of the vehicle (don't remove this one) and the other if directly facing the front of the vehicle (this is the one you need to get out). Second, from under the vehicle the lower bolt is visible once you remove the skid plate. It is the large bolt at the bottom of the starter facing directly to the rear of the vehicle. It has room for about 1/10th of a complete turn on either side of the brake lines. If you have a long u-joint extension this is not a problem, but I did not and had to use a 14mm wrench and slowly back it out until it could be moved by hand. The starter will now be sitting free on some suspension parts (if I remember correctly). Twist the starter clockwise and remove the small black wire with a flathead screwdriver.
Now the starter is completely free from the vehicle. To remove it, push up the front of the starter (end that does not have gears/sprockets sticking out of it) and twist about a 1/4 of a turn so that it is aligned where it looks like it will fit through the frame. Gently, wiggle it around and it should pop out in several seconds.
A word of advise, be sure all the connections between the bolts, relays...are all very clean when you put the starter back in. This is why I had to do it 2x's.
Oct 31, 2009 |
1995 Toyota 4Runner