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Old Mon, May-13-2019, 09:42:14 PM   #201
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Default Re: Intermittent Starting Issue-Complete DIY-Starter Replacement (Intake Removal)

about how long should one expect this DIY to take?
i've done the intake plenum before so know how tricky that can be.

anyone hosting the photos or vid from the OP somewhere?

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about how long should one expect this DIY to take?
i've done the intake plenum before so know how tricky that can be.

anyone hosting the photos or vid from the OP somewhere?

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First time always takes longer as Iím sure you know. Took me probably 10 hours, 7 of which were trying to break the bolts on the back of the starter free. Having the proper tools to get those bolts off are crucial to a quick and easy job. You NEED some kind of flat box end wrench (ratcheting preferable) that you can stick between the firewall and the starter. If you have the proper tools, and you know how to take off the intake manifold, Iíd say probably 3 hour job total
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First time always takes longer as Iím sure you know. Took me probably 10 hours, 7 of which were trying to break the bolts on the back of the starter free. Having the proper tools to get those bolts off are crucial to a quick and easy job. You NEED some kind of flat box end wrench (ratcheting preferable) that you can stick between the firewall and the starter. If you have the proper tools, and you know how to take off the intake manifold, Iíd say probably 3 hour job total
thank you for reply. i was thinking between 6-8!hrs.
yes i have those tools. also picked up the HF adjustable long reach T ratchet.
one other question, i noticed some people changing out the battery to starter cable, that really needed often?
presently my car has intermittent starting after long drives when it gets hot. thought it was a solenoid internal brush thing but imagine it could be wiring getting hot and resistance down limiting current flow. but donít foresee any abrasion tonsuring having happened.
anything else suggested while down in there?
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thank you for reply. i was thinking between 6-8!hrs.
yes i have those tools. also picked up the HF adjustable long reach T ratchet.
one other question, i noticed some people changing out the battery to starter cable, that really needed often?
presently my car has intermittent starting after long drives when it gets hot. thought it was a solenoid internal brush thing but imagine it could be wiring getting hot and resistance down limiting current flow. but donít foresee any abrasion tonsuring having happened.
anything else suggested while down in there?
Nah you shouldnít need to swap that cable. Is your car manual?
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Default Re: Intermittent Starting Issue-Complete DIY-Starter Replacement (Intake Removal)

thanks all. took me about 4.5 hrs complete. ran into a few projects while in there.

something of note is that my Genuine BMW starter was a Valeo made in France. my oem replacement Valeo says made in Poland if that makes a difference to anyone. the Bosch ones i noticed were rebuilt in USA and needed a core charge.
issue solved i hope. can notice starter sounds better and turns over much quicker.
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If I'm able to bump/kick start my car does that rule out a bad clutch switch module ?
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