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Unread 07-22-2010, 10:21 PM   #1
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Changing a starter

My starter has stopped working properly since my last run out. I have to hit it with a hammer to get it to turn over.

With that being said, is there anything I need to be aware of when changing the starter? Looks like disconnect the battery, disconnect the leads, unbolt and do the reversal for the new one.

I am going to pick up a new one tomorrow and hopefully get this in this weekend.

Any input would be helpful.



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Unread 07-22-2010, 10:31 PM   #2
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My starter has stopped working properly since my last run out. I have to hit it with a hammer to get it to turn over.

With that being said, is there anything I need to be aware of when changing the starter? Looks like disconnect the battery, disconnect the leads, unbolt and do the reversal for the new one.

I am going to pick up a new one tomorrow and hopefully get this in this weekend.

Any input would be helpful.

Easy swap with the correct tools.

reverse torx (I think), if it is don't use at 12 point wrench as it will strip.
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Unread 07-22-2010, 10:31 PM   #3
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My buddy did it for me in under 20 min. old one out new one in. be sure the ground strap is secured and clean the plug too. tighten the bolts good.
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Unread 07-23-2010, 04:39 AM   #4
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did mine a week ago its very easy and i was surprised at how cheap they where
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Unread 07-23-2010, 06:02 AM   #5
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Ya, make sure you have the inverted torx bit before you start...
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Unread 07-23-2010, 06:15 AM   #6
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think they're called e-torx need an E14 i believe
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Unread 07-23-2010, 06:58 AM   #7
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Not sure about the 6 cyl as I have not had to do that yet but on last YJ with 4 cyl, 5 speed it was very easy. Two of the reverse torx bolts that go straight up (after disconnecting the battery cables). Once you pull the bolts the starter may seem stuck or seem like you are missing a bolt. Just give it a wiggle and it come right out. If there is a shim, try to note the position of it and install it back with the new starter (if the new starter did not come with a new one). That's about it. Took me about 15 minutes to do the last one.
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Unread 07-25-2010, 07:40 PM   #8
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Thanks guys for the heads up. Got it changed out in about 20 mins and I am back in business.
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