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Old Tue, Mar-09-2010, 03:17:31 PM   #11
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that is a ton of work just to get to the starter. this is the kind of job that makes me long for my first bimmer, an e21. this would be a 5 minute job in that car. i guess there's a price for 200+ more ponies.

impressive DIY, this is the kind of stuff that makes this forum invaluable. having said that i really hope i never have to do this. i hate dealing with all those special clips and plastic pieces. at least you don't have to get under the car.
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How the hell does one open these bolts They seem to go beyond the firewall and there is no room to get a wrench or socket beind that. I remember reading somewhere that there is a special tool for this. Anyone care to chime in?

From the bottom... The TIS states that you need to lower the transmission. With it lowered and a few long extensions you can do it. (a little ridiculous to lower a transmission for a starter!) There ARE also SOME wrenches that will fit back there from the top too.
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that is a ton of work just to get to the starter. this is the kind of job that makes me long for my first bimmer, an e21. this would be a 5 minute job in that car. i guess there's a price for 200+ more ponies.

impressive DIY, this is the kind of stuff that makes this forum invaluable. having said that i really hope i never have to do this. i hate dealing with all those special clips and plastic pieces. at least you don't have to get under the car.
It is actually not that bad at all. I made the DIY very very detailed so anyone with minimal car knowledge can do it. Anyone who has worked on cars will have no problems with this.
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Sweet write up. i wish I had these a month ago when I did mine.
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once you knock it out for the first time it should only take literally 15 minutes to do the second time around. Super quick. Great DIY btw!
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Old Tue, Mar-09-2010, 04:07:17 PM   #16
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^^^ That is very true. About a 2 hour job the first time and then well under an hour the 2nd time. You can 100% remove the starter from the engine bay. If you search "starter" you will find your answer, but I don't have time right now on the exact tools you need.

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Actually I think you need a torx WRENCH to do the job from top.

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This is a WONDERFUL DIY.. it's going up as a sticky, and I will be thinking about moving it to the DIY forum (where things like the valve-adjustment DIY live.)

Thanks MUCH for the effort and time to document this. I particularly like the linked photos showing what connects to what.. I've never seen that done before and it's a great idea!
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This is awesome!!!
I was thinking of doing the whole procedure, but I kinda thought it was going to be difficult.

Now that I've seen your write-up, I might give it a try next time my car fails to start.
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Default Thank you for a great DIY...

but if I remember correctly (it's been a couple years), you do not have to remove any connections from the starter before removing intake manifold. In your DIY, pictures 11c and 11d show the power lead going to the starter and claims that you must blindly remove the connection before manifold will come free. I do not remember doing this step, and correct me if I am wrong, but you only need to unhook the harness from the rear of manifold as shown in picture 9.
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