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How to Change the Starter in a Toyota 4Runner

Most Toyota 4Runners have the starter motor mounted to one side of the engine along the lower area, as most vehicles do. However, the Toyota 4Runner with the 2UZ-FE engine has the starter mounted on top between the two cylinder banks. To change the unit on this model, you will have to remove the intake manifold. Keep in mind that this procedure applies to all 4Runners except the 2UZ-FE model.

Step 1

Park your Toyota 4Runner in safe place and level surface. Open the hood and disconnect the black, negative battery cable.

Step 2

Raise the vehicle using a floor jack and support it safely on 2 jack stands.

Step 3

Remove the engine splash shield from underside the engine compartment if your particular model is equipped with one. Use a wrench or ratchet and socket.

Step 4

Locate the starter motor under and to the right-hand side (passenger side) of the engine compartment. Disconnect the battery cable from the starter solenoid--the small cylinder on top of the starter motor--using a wrench or ratchet and socket. Then, unplug the electrical connector-thin wire-from the solenoid by pressing the small plastic tab at the connector and pulling the connector from the fitting.

Step 5

Remove the mounting nuts or bolts securing the starter motor to the transmission bell housing using a wrench or ratchet and socket. Pull the motor towards the front of the vehicle and lift the starter away from the engine compartment.

Step 6

Set the new starter motor in place, making sure the teeth on the starter motor pinion gear and the teeth on the flywheel mesh perfectly-otherwise the starter motor will grind against the flywheel and damage the unit. Install the mounting nuts or bolts by hand first. Tighten the nuts or bolts to 29 foot-pounds (39 Nm).

Plug the electrical connector and battery cable to the starter solenoid. Install the engine splash shield and lower the vehicle. Connect the black, negative battery cable and start the engine to make sure the new starter motor is working properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Floor jack and jack stands Wrench set Ratchet and socket set

Warnings

  • The exhaust system and engine reach very high temperatures. Whenever you have to work near the engine or exhaust system, make sure they are cool enough to the touch before starting to prevent skin burns and other possible injuries.

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Old 03-26-2010, 08:46 PM
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If you ever plan on removing your starter, read this first.


Disclaimer: My agression may be slightly elevated at this current time due to personal issues.

I am so sick of internet know-it-alls giving out shitty information.
I swam through thread after thread after thread of all different tricks to remove your starter.
One guy says to unbolt the brake line and bend it out of the way, then remove the transmission dipstick.

Listen to me
ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS REMOVE THE 2 NUTS AND 2 BOLTS THAT HOLD THE SWAY BAR TO THE FRAME AND THE STARTER WILL FALL RIGHT OUT.

I'll type it again
ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS REMOVE THE 2 NUTS AND 2 BOLTS THAT HOLD THE SWAY BAR TO THE FRAME AND THE STARTER WILL FALL RIGHT OUT.

I just wasted 2 hours trying to snake this stupid thing out through the wheel well as this shitbird suggested.
It took me 5 minutes to unbolt the starter and contacts. 10 Minutes to work out the slightly rusty bolts on the sway bar. 12 seconds for the starter to drop out. Another 5 minutes to bolt the new starter and contacts. And 5 more to bolt the sway bar back in.

One more time...
ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS REMOVE THE 2 NUTS AND 2 BOLTS THAT HOLD THE SWAY BAR TO THE FRAME AND THE STARTER WILL FALL RIGHT OUT.

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Thanks! But what's the difference between nuts and bolts? Aren't they the same thing? Pics if available. Sorry, i'm stupid today.
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removing the starter on a 4th gen is not fun either, neither is the flywheel, tranny, engine.... and so on

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Thanks! But what's the difference between nuts and bolts? Aren't they the same thing? Pics if available. Sorry, i'm stupid today.
Well, if the bolt is a "penis", the nut would be the "vag".
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Not really necessary to call someone a shitbird if they showed they way they did it, I took mine out through the wheel well, but to each their own madness right? If yours was easier then more power to ya!

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Thanks! I asked b/c when i was taking my mudguards out, the toyota mechanic told me that there are 4 nuts to unscrew. I told him that i thought you guys call these bolts?

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I feel you!!

I get that soo much, today I installed a body lift in my truck after memebers here online told me I dont have all the parts and need to order more..

I had everything I needed...

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Nice work. IMO, there's never 1 "right" way to do anything.

Removing the starter on a 2wd 4Runner is even easier...you can drop the starter straight down thru the lower A arm. (Had to replace the contacts on my wife's 4Runner last month.) As so:



Lowering the starter:




Straight out thru the lower A-arm:

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Oi vei, now I have to do this tomorrow

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Haha Bryan was FUMING about this yesterday at Rausch Creek. His method does look a lot simpler though

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As many of these threads as I see, I still only needed to remove the starter to remove my starter.

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As many of these threads as I see, I still only needed to remove the starter to remove my starter.

Yeah I don't know why everybody thinks this would be hard. I've done a starter on a 97 and a 2000. All I did was unbolt it, twist it around a little, and take it out.
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lies..all lies

the damn transmission dipstick and powersteering lines are in the way

the 4 cylinder was a super huge mega biotch to do the starter and i was told the v6 was much easier...nope
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Hahaha. Dylan and i worked on mine for about 3 hours last night. It's true that there is only two bolts holding the starter, so to get it disconnected takes no time at all. But trying to maneuver it out is another story. On my 96, there is absolutely no room for it to come out anywhere. And yes, the sway bar is removed. We ended up taking it apart so, once it was in two pieces, the solenoid and the starter motor, we could squeeze it through where the sway bar was. Were gunna work on getting the new one in later today.

I guess it might be a little easier on the newer 3rd gens, cause LINY, and my buddy Glen, didnt have much of a problem getting it out.

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How much does a Car Starter Repair cost?

On average, the cost for a Toyota 4Runner Car Starter Repair is $183 with $88 for parts and $95 for labor. Prices may vary depending on your location.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
1995 Toyota 4RunnerL4-2.4LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$399.75Shop/Dealer Price$480.94 - $702.01
1993 Toyota 4RunnerV6-3.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$779.10Shop/Dealer Price$943.67 - $1387.79
2007 Toyota 4RunnerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$541.21Shop/Dealer Price$658.66 - $981.72
2014 Toyota 4RunnerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$843.10Shop/Dealer Price$1027.75 - $1538.96
1992 Toyota 4RunnerV6-3.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$779.10Shop/Dealer Price$943.70 - $1387.85
1997 Toyota 4RunnerL4-2.7LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$503.23Shop/Dealer Price$608.44 - $890.26
2000 Toyota 4RunnerL4-2.7LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$550.41Shop/Dealer Price$665.33 - $976.76
1985 Toyota 4RunnerL4-2.4L TurboService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$275.95Shop/Dealer Price$330.19 - $469.86

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What's a car starter motor and how does it work?

The starter motor is a powerful, compact electric motor that will turn a car’s engine over at about 200 RPM in order to start the engine. The starter is at the terminus of a circuit that includes the battery, the ignition switch, a neutral safety switch, relays and fuses.

When you turn the ignition key to start, or press the start button in some vehicles, the starter circuit is completed and the starter will run. Most starters have a small pinion gear that engages a larger ring gear on the flywheel when the starter is powered on. The pinion gear turns the engine flywheel at about 200 RPM. Since the flywheel is directly connected to the crankshaft, all engine components will then turn in sync and the engine starts.

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When to replace the starter?

Starters are relatively durable but most will eventually fail in one or more of the following ways:

  • Intermittent operation of the starter. Starters can develop bad spots on the armature which will cause intermittent operation. This causes the starter to work sometimes and other times when you turn the key nothing happens.
  • Starter turns too slowly. Internal electrical and mechanical faults can cause the starter to draw too much current and in some cases the current drawn will exceed what the battery can supply. A consequence is the engine may not start as rapidly.
  • Unusual noises on starting. If you hear any type of grinding or other unusual noise while starting the engine, that should be investigated as the noise could reflect an internal starter failure or the noise could be due to pinion gear failure or flywheel ring gear damage.
  • Starter doesn’t function when turning the key. In some cases, the first symptom of a starter malfunction is a complete failure of the starter motor. This happens when you turn the ignition key to start the car, the starter motor does not function at all.

How do mechanics repair the starter?

  • If the starter is determined to be faulty, the battery must be disconnected prior to commencing any work. Once the battery is disconnected, the wiring to the starter is disconnected.
  • Starters are bolted to the engine block or the transmission case. Generally, there are two bolts. The procedure to access the starter varies across car models and can require removal, or lowering, of other vehicle components.
  • Once the starter is removed and a new starter is installed, the mounting bolts are tightened to the OEM factory torque specifications, the electrical connections are cleaned and re-attached to the starter and the starter is tested to confirm normal operation.

Is it safe to drive with a starter problem?

Once a vehicle engine is running, the starter is not in use. However, if you know that the starter is malfunctioning or working intermittently, you may be left stranded if you turn the engine off and the starter doesn’t function when restarting the engine. Should you know or suspect a problem with the starter, it is best to have the problem repaired to avoid being left stranded.

When replacing a faulty starter keep in mind:

  • Prior to replacing the starter, simple diagnostic tests should be performed to ensure that the problem is a faulty starter versus a weak battery, faulty neutral start switch, or other faulty electrical component in the starter motor circuit.
  • Starters draw large amounts of current from the battery, much more than any other electrically powered device in your car. This makes it important that the electrical connections to the battery are inspected, cleaned, and tightened as necessary. Cables to the starter should also be inspected for corrosion and replaced as needed.

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