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This instuctable will show you how to repair a starter motor off a Toyota  Corolla FXGT. with a 4AGE engine. don't worry if your car is not the same, most Japanese starter motors are very similar and this guide will get you through most of them.

Step 1: Stuff you will need.

Picture of Stuff you will need.
First thing to is to check out the price of a new starter motor, There is no point repairing the old one, if it is going to cost you more than a new one.  Ebay is a good place to look, also your local auto electrician is worth a phone call.
Tools required
1. socket set
2. set of spanners
3. screwdrivers
4. soldering Iron or torch
5. pliers, side-cutters
6. hammer
7. oil
8. rags
around 3 hours
Forn Man5 months ago

This is going to be very helpful to me. I bought my Aunt's 2000 Acura RL, and it has some starter problem. I think the bendix is not engaging with the flywheel sometimes. Do you have a way to check to see if the bendix is failing, without removing the starter from the car? It's way under the motor mount and driver's side front suspension.


liquidhandwash (author)  Forn Man5 months ago

hi John, You are going to have to take the starter off to check everything, but it sounds like the pinon gear, or ring gear could be worn out.

aheibi10 months ago

Not easy to do, unless you've the right skills. If you were able to refurbish that, you could refurbish any motor based part or even tool.

Good job, please upload for us more tutorials like this one.

liquidhandwash (author)  aheibi10 months ago

Thanks aheibi, I think anyone could do this.

This is whay do you think. I've worked with people who have say they are fixing machines for 15 years and they not know how to hold a screwdriver.

When I've got my car, Civic '97, I didn't knew how to fix anything but after few turorials and a good logic - I'm repairing almost anything in my car. But then again you've got good repairing skills, I'm know when I'm seeing one :-)

rasik410 months ago

can i make it long lasting by rewinding it for gokart project

liquidhandwash (author)  rasik410 months ago

probably not starter motors are not design for continuous use, try on of these


goldface2 years ago
very helpful to me. thank you very much
antoniraj2 years ago
Very nice do-it yourself instructable. Our car starter motor got burned out recently, but here in India the entire new assembly for Maruti-Suzuki cars costs about Indian Rupees 2500 only ( that is about 40 dollars). We completely changed the entire assembly. Now I have removed all burned out coils and cleaned the parts. Can you suggest any use for these parts please..?
liquidhandwash (author)  antoniraj2 years ago
Hi antoniraj
There is not much you can do with a starter that is burnt out like yours, (boat anchor perhaps?) You may want to keep the solenoid and the pinion, for spares.
If it has the pull type solenoid, I have seen them used for an actuator to unlock doors, gates or a boot (trunk) release. There is a little bit of copper in the armature and the field coils that you use or sell.
Wow! This is a very thorough and neat instructable! Thanks for contributing! Now I know how to deal with a starter motor!

liquidhandwash (author)  thearchitect3 years ago
Thanks for your feedback