The starter is in the valley between the cylinder banks, under the intake
manifold. You will need to remove the intake manifold to get at the
starter. Along with the starter, you will need a new intake manifold
gasket. Flat rate time is something like 11 hours, so make sure you block
out plenty of time for the project. I would get an OEM starter since you
don't want to do the job more than once.
What a place to put it ! Do you have any shcematics for this model
I guess another question is how can I be sure it is my staRter? She
has 110k on her so it would be time. But I want ot be sure, as the I
have not been left stranded yet, she is just hinting at stranding
Thanks again for answering my questions..... Darren
On Mon, 31 Mar 2008 22:27:01 -0500, "Ray O"
The starter location didn't seem like such a good idea to me either.
Unfortunately, I do not have any schematics for this model. You can access
the factory repair manuals for $10/day at techinfo.toyota.com.
The factory repair manuals will have instructions on how to test the starter
and starting system.
If you are getting an occasional click and no start, then try again and it
starts, then there is a good chance that the solenoid contacts are worn.
Unfortunately, the solenoid is attached to the starter. You can probably
get away with just replacing the contacts, but if you want to avoid having
to take everything apart again, then a replacement starter might be worth
the extra expense.
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