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Old 03-16-2005, 04:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

I've been looking for the past few days for a "replacing starter DIY" with no luck... I honestly can't find on ANYwhere on the net, not at pelican, not at the e36 DIY links page... Nowhere... Can anyone give me some assistance with this?

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HA, I need a DIY too... i am changing it tuesday.... i hope someone can help us...
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Can't imagine it's any different from any starter in any other car I've changed and it's always been a pretty straight forward job. Been a long time since I've done one but things can't have changed that much :P Spend 15-20 bucks on a Haynes or a Chilton............. You guys got me worried so now I have to check my manuals tonight to see if it's a PITA or not.................
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From what I saw when I had to change mine out, it may be a PITA. Of course, I had to do the cylinder too.
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what is "PITA"?
second, how do ig et to my starter?
3rd, can anyone tell me how to change my starter?
4th, how long of a process is chaging my starter?
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Pain in the azz, for starters. Now you know.

If I remember right, doing the starter on mine entails removing the intake manifold and a whole lot of other bits, which is more than I am willing to shadetree out. I let the dealer do that one.
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yeah big pain in the ass. even working at a dealer with a lift and all the right tools it's a pain. there are two male torx screws that go into the starter from the trnsmission side. which just getting those out is bad enough then you have to go under the hood and wrestle the starter out. then you get to do it all over again when you put the new one in.

i would defiantly take it to the dealer and let them do it.
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i am in autoshop, so i will have all the tools that i will need (at least we shoud) including lifts, ect....
is a lift even needed? what do i have to take out? do i really have to take the intake manifold out and is that hard to do?
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i am in autoshop, so i will have all the tools that i will need (at least we shoud) including lifts, ect....
is a lift even needed? what do i have to take out? do i really have to take the intake manifold out and is that hard to do?
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From what I read last night the manifold has to come out but that's for a 6 cyclinder...Didn't pay any attention to the 4 banger info...Sorry Anyway, yeah, it looks like it'll be a bitch but if you have all the tools you need and the time you might as well save some money and do it yourself..............
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a lift isn't manditory but sometimes it's easier to come from underneath to get the two bolts out of the starter. the only thing is that you need a really long extension. and sometimes it helps to have another set of hands to guide the socket and extension onto the bolts.
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what does need to come out of my car before the starter comes out with the m42(4 cylinder) engine?
anyone want to scan the process or write it down?
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what does need to come out of my car before the starter comes out with the m42(4 cylinder) engine?
anyone want to scan the process or write it down?
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I'll compare the Haynes and Chilton manuals and post what I can tomorrow...Hell I might even get off my arse and hook my scanner back up
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This is from the Haynes repair manual...No manifold removal for the four cylinder I've condensed it just a tiny little bit..............Hope it helps.

Four cylinder starter removal

1. Disconnect battery negative lead

2. Unscrew the nuts and disconnect the wiring from the rear of the starter motor

3. From the engine compartment, reach down behind the engine and unscrew the upper
starter motor nut and bolt. For improved acces you can unscrew the bolt securing the
dipstick tube bracket, pulling it away from the cyclinder block

4. Jack up the vehicle and use some jack stands for safety. Block wheels , etc...

5. From under the vehicle, unscrew the lower starter motor nut and bolt

6. Pull the motor back to release it........

The rest is just manipulating it out. Installation is the reverse of removal.............
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