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How to Replace a Starter on a Toyota T100 Pickup Truck

by John Rose

The hardest part about replacing the starter on the Toyota T100 pickup truck is that you have to crawl under the vehicle. An inexperienced mechanic can do the job in about an hour and a half. When buying a replacement starter, pick one that is brand new or remanufactured. Avoid buying starters labeled as rebuilt, since the internal parts are not all new like they are in the remanufactured starter.

Disconnect the negative battery cable by loosening the nut on the terminal with a wrench. Raise the vehicle up on the driver's side using the automobile jack. Place a jack stand under the truck near the jacking point. Raise the jack stand up to the frame of the vehicle.

Crawl under the truck. Tag the wires on the starter and solenoid using the marker and masking tape to note the proper location of each wire. Disconnect the wires by using a wrench to remove the nuts and then pulling them away from the starter. Unplug the wiring harness from the starter.

Remove the bolts mounting the starter to the bell housing using a socket and ratchet. Pull the starter away from the engine.

Put the new starter in place and tighten the bolts with the socket and ratchet. Reconnect the wires and tighten the nuts with a wrench. Plug the wiring harness back into the starter. Remove the jack stand from under the truck and lower the truck back to the ground.

Connect the battery terminal to the battery and tighten the nut with a wrench.

Warnings

  • Never attempt this project without disconnecting the negative battery terminal as instructed or it could result in severe electric shock.
  • Never work on your vehicle when it is hot or it could result in serious burns.

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About the Author

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.

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