Question about 1998 Toyota Camry
Is the car just clicking a few times when you try to start and the engine fails to turn over? If so you may not need to replace the motor. For about $5 you can replace the internal electrical contacts and the motor will be like new, The starter motors on Toyota are usually Nipppondenso or Delco but they are very similar. The fault lies in the worn out electrical contact contact plates, in that the solenoid driven armature is not able to make good contact with them due to the wear. The starter motor has one major cable (12volts feed) attached to it, the electrical earth return is through the engine block and then via earth strap between engine block and the car frame/chassis. The starter motor is parallel with the engine block, its end inserts into the flywheel housing and is held on by only two bolts. Remove the negative lead to your battery prior to starting. It may be easier to lift the front drivers side corner of the car on a jack to give you more room to better access the motor mounts, leave the wheels on. Remove the heavy duty lead attached to the motor/solenoid body and remove the two bolts mounting the motor to the engine. With the motor and solenoid assembly out, remove the three small bolts securing the end cover to the solenoid. Withdraw the solenoid armature and you will see an annular copper coloured ring on it. The corresponding contact points for this ring are two opposed copper electrical contact plates. These plates are bolted in place and can be replaced by a simply refurbishment kit. Unbolt the plates one at a time (to avoid confusion and pay special attention to the order of washers and insulting collars on the support bolts. Fit the new the plate(s) and replace all the washers and insulating collars in the order they were removed and tighten the bolts. Reinsert the armature you can very lightly lubricate the bearing contact shaft but do not lubricate the armature body itself (it only attracts dirt which will cause problems later by gumming the mechanism up) Refit the motor and reattach the power cable. The job should take a novice no more than an hour to accomplish
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