Dropped exhaust pipe
Can't remove from car due to clearance
Do I need to remove driver side CV axle just to get the starter out?
(what a pain the acura starter replacement is)
Do you need any special puller or a slide hammer to remove the axle?
Does it simply slide into the transaxle being only secured on the outboard (wheel) end? Have not removed one before. How long would it take to remove?
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Re: Clearance to remove 93 Acura Legend starter
You can either remove driver's side halfshaft or battery tray and alternator to remove the starter. i chose the halfshaft, since it gave a little more room to unbolt the starter. no need to drain transaxle when removing driver's side halfshaft. unbolt balljoint and tierod end from knuckle. i also removed the pinch bold that attaches the strut to the knuckle to allow more movement to remove the axle. axle nut is 36mm. use a large screwdriver or small prybar to gently pry the halfshaft from the transaxle, be careful not to damage the seal. upper bolt on the starter is really tough to get access to...
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interesting challenge! if the axle nut is not rounded there are some powerful electric impact guns out there, the other side of the street, the transmission once unbolted and the axle pryed loose and there is enough room between sub frame and engine it will come out, automatic is easier but heavier... heat wrench would be nice (torch)
Below are some instructions for you. Yes the pipe has to be removed in order to get the strarter out once it has been unbolted from the engine/transmission. Looks like it's possible to do it without removing the pipe but believe me I have tries and it just wont come out unless you do remove the pipe. Hope this helps and don't forget to disconnect the ground wire on the battery before you start the job. Installation is in reverse order as taking it off.
The starter install is fairly simple and will require a 13mm socket and a long extension. First get the car securely on jack stands or ramps so your have access to the bottom of the car and engine. lying on your back with your head towards the rear of the vehicle (approximately center of the car) you can look up past the exhaust pipe and CV axles and see the starter from there.
First remove the main wire that comes from the battery (13mm nut and lock washer) then unplug the two wires that are on separate sides of the lug you just remove (noting the wire colors and which side you removed them from). Next remove the 13mm bolt that holds the bracket attached to the rear of the starter. It's the one bolted the to the engine block that is attached to the passenger side of the starter.
Lastly you will find 3, 13mm bolts that actually bolt the starter through the engine bell housing into the transmission. There is one on the very bottom, one in the center (kinda towards the rear of the vehicle only about 3 1/2" upward of the bottom bolt) and one at the very top directly opposite the bottom bolt ( this one is the hardest to locate and remove but it's up there, you just have to feel around or get a light to shine on the top of the starter to see it) After all bolts are removed you navigate the starter out by pulling it towards the passenger side wheel and between the CV axles and suspension parts of the front end. To reinstall it's the opposite of this procedure! Hope this Helps!!
it doesnt have to be lifted but is much easier if is. The axle will have to be unbolted from the cv shaft. there are 6 15mm bolts that hold the two together. once these are seperated, tie the cv shaft out of the way and tap on the axle to get it out of the differential housing. It should pop out because there is just a ring on the end of the splines that pops into a groove. this is all on the drivers side. The passenger side is a different story. seperating the cv shaft and the axle is the same but instead of popping the axle out, the housing has to be removed. It is also 15mm bolts 6 0r 7 of them . The 4 wheel drive actuator will also have to be disconnected and there are two nuts on the opposite end from the center section of the diff.