The wife's car recently tends to grind when it starts. I'm thinking the bendix gear on the starter motor must be worn. I got a used starter from a junk yard and here is how I went about replacing the starter. The tools needed:
-Ratchet with extensions.
-sockets 10mm, 12mm, 14mm.
-can of powerlube.
Read on for how I did this 1 hour job.
Step 1: The Original Starter.
You can see it hidden behind a heatshield in the front of the car. Using powerlube and my Ratchet with sockets I went about removing the starter.
Step 2: Removing the Starter.
First step is to disconnect the negative of the battery. Next the protective heatshield comes off being held by two 10mm bolts and one 10mm nut. The main cable (held by a 12mm nut) and solenoid wire were removed after. Finally the starter itself is held by two 14mm bolts.
Once out I heard rattling so I shook the starter and crap fell out. This starter clearly is near its end of life.
Step 3: Comparison.
Here is the oem and replacement side by side.
Step 4: Installing the New Starter.
I used powerlube to service the replacement starter then I installed it into the car. Cranking the engine went fine and now no more grinding issues. Wife is happy and so am I!
Thank you for reading my 300th instructable!