How to Change the Starter Solenoid in a Toyota

by Zyon Silket
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A Toyota owner may decide to replace the entire starter if the solenoid needs replacing. They do so because the starter has to be taken out to remove the solenoid. Just because the solenoid is bad, however, doesn't mean you have to incur the cost of replacing the whole starter. After all, replacing the solenoid only means you just have to remove two more bolts. That's not a lot of work for the amount of money you can save by not replacing the starter motor, too.

Step 1

Place the Toyota on a set of front end ramps and secure the emergency brake. Place a wheel chock behind the rear tire to prevent the Toyota from rolling backward while you are under it.

Step 2

Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery. Disconnect the positive battery cable from the battery. Wrap both connectors with shop towels to prevent them from accidentally touching the battery terminals.

Step 3

Locate the starter. On side-mounted engines, the starter is behind the front half-shaft axle on the passenger side. On standard front-mounted engines, the starter is connected to the driver-side lower half of the engine.

Step 4

Remove the wire-retaining nut from the large, black wire that secures the wire to the starter casing. Use a boxed wrench to remove the bolt.

Step 5

Separate the wiring harness from the starter solenoid. Squeeze the release tab in the center of the harness connector and pull the connector off the solenoid.

Step 6

Remove the two bolts that secure the starter to the engine block and pull the starter out of the engine. Use a boxed wrench or socket set to remove the bolts.

Step 7

Remove the two bolts that secure the starter solenoid to the starter. Pull the solenoid off the starter. Use a boxed wrench to remove the bolts.

Step 8

Place the new solenoid onto the starter and bolt it into place.

Step 9

Slide the gear located on the end of the starter into the engine. Line up the bolt holes and secure the starter to the engine with the original bolts.

Step 10

Reconnect the wiring harness to the starter solenoid. Push on it until it clicks into place.

Step 11

Secure the large black wire to the threaded post on the starter and bolt it into place with the original wire-retaining nut.

Step 12

Reconnect the positive battery cable and then the negative battery cable.

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