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How to Change a Starter on a 1996 Camry

by Don Bowman

When contemplating the changing of the starter on a 1996 Camry, it is advisable to check the fuse, relay, ignition switch and wiring first. All the items listed could cause the starter to fail to operate. Common symptoms of a bad starter are a loud clicking noise with no further action, a slow turning engine, a loud grinding noise when the starter is engaged or no response at all.


Remove the positive and negative terminals on the battery. Remove the battery hold-down bracket by removing the two nuts on the vertical rods using a wrench. Lift the battery out of the vehicle. Remove the battery tray using a socket to remove the bolts.


Remove the cruise control cover using the appropriate socket to remove the bolts. Remove the three bolts securing the cruise control to its frame-mounted bracket using a socket. Lift the cruise control up, and remove the electrical plug from the cruise control. Lay the unit to the side out of the way.


Remove the cruise control bracket using a socket. Lift the bracket out of the way. Pull the small actuator wire off the S terminal on the starter solenoid.


Remove the large nut securing the main power wire to the back of the solenoid using a wrench. Remove the wire. Remove the two bolts securing the starter to the bellhousing using the appropriate socket. Remove the starter from the car.


Install the new starter in reverse order of removal.

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About the Author

Don Bowman has been writing for various websites and several online magazines since 2008. He has owned an auto service facility since 1982 and has over 45 years of technical experience as a master ASE tech. Bowman has a business degree from Pennsylvania State University and was an officer in the U.S. Army (aircraft maintenance officer, pilot, six Air Medal awards, two tours Vietnam).

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