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I don't have an extensive tool collection and even less experience with cars. But my mechanic wants $500 to replace my starter in my 2000 Toyota Sienna. 15 years ago I changed the starter in my little nissan truck with even fewer tools. Should I attempt this as a DIY project or is $500 a reasonable price?

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Removal & Installation

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Battery Battery tray
  3. Remove or disconnect the cruise control actuator, if equipped, as follows:

    Actuator connector and clamp 3 bolts and the actuator with the bracket
  4. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Automatic transaxle shift control cable Engine wiring Starter electrical connectors Both bolts, shift control cable clamp and the starter

To install:
  1. Install or connect the following:

    Starter and the shift control cable clamp. Tighten the bolts to 27 ft. lbs. (37 Nm). Starter electrical connectors Engine wiring Automatic transaxle shift control cable
  2. Install or connect the following, if equipped with cruise control:

    3 bolts and the actuator with the bracket Actuator connector and clamp
  3. Install or connect the following:

    Battery tray Battery

3.0L Engine
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Battery Battery tray
  3. Remove or disconnect the cruise control actuator, if equipped, as follows:

    Actuator connector and clamp 3 bolts and the actuator with the bracket
  4. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Automatic transaxle shift control cable Engine wiring Starter electrical connectors Both bolts, shift control cable clamp and the starter

To install:
  1. Install or connect the following:

    Starter and the shift control cable clamp. Tighten the bolts to 27 ft. lbs. (37 Nm). Starter electrical connectors Engine wiring Automatic transaxle shift control cable
  2. Install or connect the following, if equipped with cruise control:

    3 bolts and the actuator with the bracket Actuator connector and clamp
  3. Install or connect the following:

    Battery tray Battery

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Battery Battery tray
  3. Remove or disconnect the cruise control actuator, if equipped, as follows:

    Actuator connector and clamp 3 bolts and the actuator with the bracket
  4. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Automatic transaxle shift control cable Engine wiring Starter electrical connectors Both bolts, shift control cable clamp and the starter

To install:
  1. Install or connect the following:

    Starter and the shift control cable clamp. Tighten the bolts to 27 ft. lbs. (37 Nm). Starter electrical connectors Engine wiring Automatic transaxle shift control cable
  2. Install or connect the following, if equipped with cruise control:

    3 bolts and the actuator with the bracket Actuator connector and clamp
  3. Install or connect the following:

    Battery tray Battery

3.3L Engine
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2. Remove the air cleaner assembly and inlet tubes.
  3. Remove the air cleaner bracket.
  4. Remove the wiring from the starter.
  5. Remove the 2 bolts and lower the starter.
  6. Installation is the reverse of removal. Torque the starter bolts to 26 ft. lbs. (37 Nm).

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2. Remove the battery and tray.
  3. Remove the air cleaner assembly and inlet tubes.
  4. Remove the air cleaner bracket.
  5. Remove the wiring from the starter.
  6. Remove the 2 bolts and lower the starter.
  7. Installation is the reverse of removal. Torque the starter bolts to 26 ft. lbs. (37 Nm).
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You can buy a manual (Haynes), or I believe you can even download it, that walks you through just about every repair for a vehicle if you decide to do it yourself. I'm not familure with your vehicle so I wouldnt know the price of the starter, where it was located, or what had to be removed before taking it off so I really couldnt tell you about your mechanics price. Call your local parts store, get the price of your starter, and let me know.

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