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Old 06-21-2012, 10:12 AM   #1
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How to replace a starter in a 2000 prerunner 2.7L tacoma?

My taco is 2000 and has 188 K miles. It has problems starting "Click, Click". I have cleaned the terminal wires, they were dirty and it starting turning on again. But it lasted about a week and again "Click, click". The battery reads 12.9Vdc. I have had it all 12 years and probably needs a starter as I probably turned it on more than 15,000 times.

I'm sure that it probably needs a starter. Does anybody have instructions of how to replace it?

I read some people have ripped the transmission oil tube. Which I do not want to do.

Any help will be greatly appriciated since I have limited mechanical skills.

Thank you in advance.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:17 AM   #2
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Well if you have to replace the starter, its pretty easy, unbolt the wire harnesses that go to it and remove the bolts that hold it to the tranny. I believe their is 2 bolts to the transmission and 1 bolt for a wire harness? I can't remember. First time I changed it, it took me an hour. I didn't need to remove anything to get to it, maybe skid plate. But no oil tube.
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Disconnect the battery!!!

Once you've done that it should be a nut and bolt type situation. Just be mindful of the surrounding components and you shouldn't have issues damaging anything.

Another thing to consider is that a battery can read fully charged at 12.6V or more with no load on it, and then drop dramatically when you try to start the truck. Get someone to try and start the engine (make sure it's in park or neutral) while you check the voltage on the battery. If it drops below 11.5V or so, the battery is shot.
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Thank you to all of you who respondes.

It appears the battery need replacement. Once I took the starter out, I bench tested and it was working fine. Apperatly the battey was not putting enough starting amps to the starter..

Thanks once again.
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Thank you to all of you who respondes.

It appears the battery need replacement. Once I took the starter out, I bench tested and it was working fine. Apperatly the battey was not putting enough starting amps to the starter..

Thanks once again.
Bench test doesn't mean much when dealing with worn contacts. There is no load on the starter motor and sometimes the contacts won't act up without a load.
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Thank you to all of you who respondes.

It appears the battery need replacement. Once I took the starter out, I bench tested and it was working fine. Apperatly the battey was not putting enough starting amps to the starter..

Thanks once again.
Before re-installing the starter, carefully pop off the solenoid end cap, and check the copper contacts. If they are really worn down, replace them. Cheap parts. Typically, when those contacts are worn down to paper thin, you'll get the 'click, click' when trying to start.
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