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Is it hard to change the starter on a 96 tacoma

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by wireman24, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. Mar 9, 2010 at 7:20 AM
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    wireman24

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    I think I am going to replace the starter on my 96 Tacoma.
    I am just wondering how hard it will be to do it my self. It looks like it's pretty easy to get to. The brake lines seem a little close so it might be a little hard pulling it out?
    I am not a car guy I just do the basics but this seems straight forward enough.
    What do you guys think?
    Do you have any tricks or suggestions?
    Any help would be great.
    Thanks
     
  2. Mar 9, 2010 at 7:28 AM
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    What engine do you have?

    I did it on my 3.4 in an hour, maybe two. The brake lines are in the way but you should be able to avoid bending them.
     
  3. Mar 9, 2010 at 7:33 AM
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    it not that hard its just time consuming trying to maneuverer the bolts
     
  4. Mar 9, 2010 at 7:52 AM
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    Thanks for the info guys.
    Is there any problems I might run into that you can think of?
    Like I said i am not a car guy.

    Also is it hard to get the new starter back in? Is it hard to get the teeth lined up with the fly wheel teeth?
     
  5. Mar 9, 2010 at 10:14 AM
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    make sure you unhook the battery!!
     
  6. Mar 9, 2010 at 1:44 PM
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    Well i went and bought the replacement starter.I think i will replace it this weekend.When you guys replaced yours were there any shims used on this starter?
     
  7. Mar 9, 2010 at 4:37 PM
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    i did mine in about an hour, and thats including going to get the starter. I have the 3.4, so you just have to manuver the brake lines around a bit. I just undid the metal tab holding them onto the frame and slid it over enough to get the starter in/out.
     
  8. Mar 9, 2010 at 6:20 PM
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    x2 or you will have to go back to the auto parts store and buy a green 10A fuse like me :(
    the plug that plugs into the starter may be hard to get out so you might want to spray it with wd-40 before you start taking the old starter off
    the teeth actually arnt in contact with the fly wheel then you turn the key this spins the teeth on the starter and extends out to the fly wheel and turns it and when the engine is started the starters teeth retract back to the normal position (if that makes scene):confused:
     
  9. Mar 9, 2010 at 6:48 PM
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    Thanks guys for al the good info. Sounds like it should be fairly simple.
     
  10. Mar 9, 2010 at 9:49 PM
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    I thought of two more quick questions for you guys.

    The bottom bolt holding the starter is easy to get to but the top bolt seems like it will be very hard to reach. Did you guys have to use an extension with a swivel socket to get the top bolt out?

    Also the rubber splash guard in the wheel wheel has those press in plastic spikes that hold it in place. Were you able to pry them out with out breaking them. If so were you able to re-use them to put the rubber back on?

    Thanks again for all the help you guys are great.
     
  11. Mar 9, 2010 at 10:25 PM
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    dually

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    Im not familiar with the 3.4 setup, but why dont you rebuild the starter instead of buying a new or remanufactured one?
     
  12. Mar 10, 2010 at 7:07 AM
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    i used 2 2 inch extensions with a deep socket to get mine off
    also a little trick you may want to use when your putting the bolt back on is taping the end of the rachet to your finger so you have a better grip on it
    you can take them off bit there kinda a pain. you have to hold down the 2 pieces that stick out that hols it in the hole but when you hold them down you should be able to get them out
    and yes they are reuseable


    i cut mine where it was in the way and just riped it out and threw it away but you may not want to do that but i did cuz im impatience
     
  13. Mar 10, 2010 at 8:44 AM
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    Thanks again for the tips.
    I will do it this weekend and let you know how it went.
     
  14. Mar 13, 2010 at 10:02 AM
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    I installed the starter today. It went real good. It only took about an hour. I did not even have to bend the brake lines out of the way. It's funny how much stronger it starts now. I guess I was just used to it being a little worn out. The truck has 111000 miles on it so it had allot of starts on it.

    Again thanks for all the great info you guys gave me it made it allot easier knowing what I was getting my self into.
     
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