How to Replace a Toyota Celica Starterby John Rose
The Toyota Celica starter is the key to your car starting and taking you where you want to go. When you turn the key in the ignition it activates an electrical charge in the solenoid which in turn activates the starter. At that point the starter kicks out a gear that engages the flywheel and turns the engine over. The hardest part about changing the starter is that you have to crawl under the car, but once you get there the rest is easy.
Disconnect the negative battery terminal and place the wheel chocks behind the rear tires of the car.
Jack the car up using the automobile jack and place a jack stand under the car near the jacking point. Raise the jack stand up to the frame of the car.
Crawl under the car and tag the wires on the starter according to their location using the masking tape and the marker. Disconnect the wires using a wrench to remove the nuts. Unplug the wiring harness from the solenoid.
Remove the bolts from the starter using a socket and ratchet. Take care when removing the last bolt that the starter does not simply fall out and hit you.
Put the new starter in place and bolt it in using the socket and ratchet. Reconnect the wires according to the labels you made and tighten the nuts with a wrench. Plug the wire harness back into the solenoid.
Remove the jack stand and lower the car back to the ground.
Reconnect the negative battery terminal and start the car to test the installation.
- When taking the bolts off the starter, note where each one came out because the bolts are two different lengths.
Things You'll Need
- Automobile jack
- Jack stand
- Wheel chocks
- Masking tape
- Metric socket set
- Metric wrench set
- New starter
- Be sure to always complete the first step in taking the negative battery terminal off. Failure to do so will result in shock hazards.
John Rose has been writing professionally since 1981. Now contributing to various online publications, he specializes in auto repair, home maintenance and similar topics. Rose studied English at Frostburg State University.