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#1 Tommy_B

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 01:42 PM

can anyone give me a link to a good tutorial? ive been looking around but cant really find a good detailed one.

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#2 Tommy_B

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 01:43 PM

or if someone could write out a tutorial for me, that would be great

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 03:30 PM

Hi,
I did mine about 6 months ago, it's a good 10 hour job as you have to remove the intake manifold and fuel rails.
I did have a picture tutorial but cannot find it now.
What I would suggest is buy one of the CD ROM manuals on Ebay but as I said it's not an easy job.

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 03:44 PM

It's a pita of a job, especially removing the rear bolts.
Here's Lextreme's tutorial:
http://www.lextreme.com/starter.html
Here's a thread with some details on what to expect:
http://us.lexusowner...tarter problems

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 05:17 PM

It's a pita of a job, especially removing the rear bolts.
Here's Lextreme's tutorial:
http://www.lextreme.com/starter.html
Here's a thread with some details on what to expect:
http://us.lexusowner...tarter problems


thanks for that tutorial. :)

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 08:04 PM

I just replaced my starter a couple months back on my 1997 LS400. Before you remove anything, take a picture of the engine, so that you will know where things go in case you forget. Taking off the throttle body is easy. Taking off the upper chamber is easy. I only unplugged the injector connections, I did not remove the injectors or the rails. Removing the lower chamber is fairly easy. Where it gets more difficult is removing the rear water bypass (bridge). Also, getting to the 2 bolts for the starter. Be sure to check the lower egr pipe for cracks. Use new gaskets so that you don't have to do it twice. I had to do mine twice because the wire connection on top of the thick wire loom over the rear bridge had come loose and was making the idle surge (I did'nt find the problem until after I finished the 2nd time), but the 2nd time was a breeze. Good luck!

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 09:37 PM

thanks for the help, i should be ordering the starter tomorrow.

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 12:25 AM

Oh yeah, such a wonderful design from what I have heard. Idiots who decided to put it there. :rolleyes:

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 02:01 AM

Idiots? That's been said before.

Yes, getting the rear water bypass off is a bear because of the lower EGR pipe. I gave up and rebuilt mine in place last December. Still going strong.

http://www.clublexus...n-progress.html

Be patient and take your time...... LOTS of time.

http://us.lexusowner...showtopic=59858

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 03:50 PM

Yep, words of the wise. ;)

Idiots? That's been said before.



#11 Tommy_B

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 01:53 PM

oh wow, i talked to one of my buddys that works at a local shop, and he told me they would charge $450 to do the starter, but he would do it on the side for $150 :D :D :D

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 05:07 PM

That's super. I envy you. I wish I had a friend I could have given $150 to to replace mine last December. It's a royal pain. He may be asking for a few (or more) brews after he's done though.

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 12:37 PM

That's super. I envy you. I wish I had a friend I could have given $150 to to replace mine last December. It's a royal pain. He may be asking for a few (or more) brews after he's done though.


lol yeahh.. i told him it wasnt gonna be easy and he said yeh he knew that but he'd still do it for 150

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 09:58 AM

For those of you who have tackled starter replacement, you're better men than me! I'm putting a few bucks aside for that job, if it ever happens. I can't do that type of job anymore, just dont have the time or the patients.

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 11:36 AM

For those of you who have tackled starter replacement, you're better men than me! I'm putting a few bucks aside for that job, if it ever happens. I can't do that type of job anymore, just dont have the time or the patients.


I am a retired mechanic, but I would not even try, of coarse I am 75+ now, and my body says NONONO... and I listen..

I REMEMBER the day I would have...

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