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Unread 02-11-2006, 06:19 PM   #1
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How hard to replace starter

I am almost positive that my problem lies with my starter. How hard is it to replace one, with very limited tools, and no experience? My Jeep is currently sitting in one of the parking lots for the dorms where I go to college, and I am almost positive I need to replace the starter, and if possible I need to do it this weekend. What all tools do I need and are there any secrets or tricks I should be aware of? Thanks!

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Unread 02-11-2006, 08:04 PM   #2
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Well i tried to take mine off too, i ran into a problem of not having a small enough/skinny enough wrench to get to the upper nut. If you think you got the tool, its not hard at all. Just my .02 and the problem that i ran into
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No personal experience, but going by what people on here have said.. Just simple handtools, and about 30 minuts.
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Unread 02-11-2006, 08:26 PM   #4
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30 minutes tops.

basic handtools are needed.

1-disco battery
2-disco terminals on solenoid
3-remove 2 bolts
4-pull starter
5-insert new starter
6-insert 2 bolts
7-connect terminals on solenoid
8-re-connect battery

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Unread 02-12-2006, 12:16 AM   #5
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But with jeeps, you take the time you think its gonna take (30 minutes) multiply it by 2 (1 hour) then add 2 (so i think that would mean 3 hours? i suck at math) But you get the general idea.

Taking it to the dealership, or a shop is your absoloute last resort. They charged me 300 bucks to do it.
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Unread 02-12-2006, 12:21 AM   #6
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It took me ~20 minutes. Also, I had to use a flex joint or two and an extension to get the top bolt out.

Don't forget to hold the starter when your taking the last bolt out. Mine landed an inch away from my head, luckily, I have fast reflexes. That could have hurt. Bad.
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Unread 02-12-2006, 01:16 AM   #7
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If it's your first starter that you've ever done, you'll probably fight with it a little to figure out how the whole thing goes together but it is really pretty easy... if you're small enough or lifted enough you shouldn't have any problem doing it on the ground... and as said earlier, a basic set of hand tools-- just a couple bolts and a few small nuts holding on power wires and you're all set.

just make sure you disconnect the battery or you might be in for a shocking experience-- the positive battery cable goes straight to the starter... and sticking hand tools in the area can lead to some nice grounding out... sparking, etc.

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Unread 02-12-2006, 01:18 AM   #8
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I suppose I should ask-- how do you know you need to replace the starter? What have you done so far? And, if you do end up replacing it, do you know where it's located on the engine? And what it looks like, and all that? I don't know how new you are to all this, so let us know so we can help...
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I have posted a few times looking for help. I've checked all but the connections on the starter and they are good. I even replaced the battery cable terminals because one was junk. I was gonna remove the starter, clean the connections and it really good and tap it a few times, then reconnect it. If it turned on then I was gonna go get one that someone is gonna sell for $15 just so I have an extra one. I know where the starter is. I started having problems after playing in the mud so I am unsure if it is a relay or bad connection or I killed the starter. I am dead in the parking lot where I go to college and have no way to tow it to a garage and all the people that can help me are gone for the weekend and I need my Jeep tomorrow night and first thing monday morning.
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Unread 02-12-2006, 10:35 AM   #10
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As stated above, easy replacement. Two bolts and three nuts to deal with. I don't remember what sizes they are but I do remember that no two are the same size ( good job DC). Safety issues are battery disconnect and eye protection, remember that mud. Good luck
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It took me about 15 or 20 minutes. You have to pull the ground from the battery, pull off 2 nuts, pull 2 bolts, wiggle the strater until it comes loose. Wiggle the new one in there and put everything back together.
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Unread 02-12-2006, 04:45 PM   #12
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I'm currently replacing mine, and managed to take the old one off, put the new one on and take it off again in about an hour with of time. With breaks for hot drinks to warm up. It's really just a matter of some nuts and bolts.

If you're stuck in a parkin' lot, try takin' a wrench and whackin' your starter a few times. That's what got mine rollin' enough to get it home today.
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Unread 02-12-2006, 05:22 PM   #13
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I used my tow hooks since they aren't installed yet and it started right up. I replaced the starter relay so it wasn't that. This week I am gonna get a new starter and replace it. Thanks for all the advice, now I know what to do and how to do it, so it shouldn't be bad at all.
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If you have a flex joint and a short and long extention to go with your general metric socket set your set at tops 30 min. I just got done putting mine back in after a new engine install
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