Going through the steps from last time, I quickly narrowed it down.
A few tips for those trying to change a starter on this type of vehicle:
- This is not an easy job -- maybe 3x harder than changing a battery. If you have the right tools, though, it's a lot easier. You'll need:
- jack and jack stands
- pneumatic socket wrench (otherwise you'll loosen and tighten the nuts one 16th of a turn at a time)
- regular socket wrench (since pneumatic ones can't fully torque the starter bolts (at least mine can't))
- 13mm socket (for the starter mounting bolts)
- 13mm DEEP socket (for the starter mounting bolt that has the ground attached)
- 10mm wrench (for the relay lead)
- 8mm socket (for the battery -- yours may be different)
- 3" and 6" socket extensions
- Be sure to disconnect the battery first.
- The starter is wedged up to the right of the oil pan, and looks sort-of like a large soda can with a large spice container attached.
- There are two bolts that you can't see, and that are very hard to get to. Use the standard socket wrench with 13mm socket on a 6" extension to break those loose, then use the pneumatic wrench to get them out.
- The rest is fairly intuitive...
- Except don't tighten the nuts on the leads too tight when installing the new one! I snapped off the back of the new starter relay and had to start the whole process over again!
Hope someone benefits from my experience.