ctuck: Replacing Starter on my 2003 Toyota Matrix

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Replacing Starter on my 2003 Matrix

I was having intermittent problems that became a starting problem. Thankfully, I manual transmission and have able to compression start my or push start it. I replaced the that was maybe 8 years yet was still in good condition. I was able, after pulling the out, to get the starter to run on the bench, yet in the car.

I found the following useful from eHow, yet lacking some details I felt would be helpful for

I have largely reprinted the instructions with some notes and illustrations to help looking to replace their Matrix starter. FYI they are all the same fo2 2000 to 2008. My is the Toyota Matrix 2003 XRS

I worked with my father on and we both thought all the instructions, the ones that came the new part, were lacking.

Tool List :

14mm (deep/shallow) for the 2 bolts that the starter motor

12mm (deep/shallow) for the nut on the starter terminals


extension. Preferably ones.

flat-head screwdriver for plastic clips (they easy)

Removing the Starter

the vehicle on a set of front-end lifting (or jack stands). Secure the break. Allow the vehicle to cool down to avoid your hands.

About 30 of cool-down time should be

Remove the negative battery and then the positive battery from the battery with an wrench.

Remove the driver plastic underpinning by prying the clips out with a flathead Set the underpinning aside. The starter is now

Personal Note: I found the Passenger side was enough. I took the Passenger side off to give myself more room.

Remove the black from the rear of the starter by outward on the cable connector.

Remove the gray rubber cap off the Remove the 10mm nut that the ground wire to the starter. If you a PMGR Version starter, is what I had (Image 1-1 Below), the (+) cable is only long to reach the + Cable Terminal points out toward the Passenger of the car.

The replacement model, Version (Image 1-2 Below), has a + Terminal that points toward the ground. My dad ended up an adapter that we used. I that a Toyota service may replace this cable end or an adapter. I would suggest if one is sold at the parts store of choosing.

I purchased mine at Pep and they didn#39;t mention

Remove the two 14mm bolts secure the starter to the engine. One connects to the bell housing. The is difficult to reach. A short bar connected to the socket may be necessary. is where I wish they had things better.

One of these bolts, the bottom slides through the starter and into the frame. The other the upper bolt, passes the frame and tightens in the starter.

If you in, from the drivers side of the compartment, you will find the of the bolt that tightens the starter. This is the upper You will reach it from essentially.

The other bolt, you reach from below. one faces the passenger side of the car and is to reach.

Pull the starter and downward to remove it from the It’s common for Toyota to shims between the baseplate of the and the engine. Collect all of the shims.

them during installation.

I no shims in mine. We cleaned the motor, checked it#39;s and found nothing obviously with it really. We attached it to a 12 battery (+ Cable Terminal and to any part of the starter) and attached a from the + to the Start Terminal. The came to life and spun.

I put it back in, and tried it, no start. bypassed the ignition by directly 12 volts from the positive (+) post to the Start Terminal; it turn the engine over. It so we knew it was getting power.

I that it must just be old and not turn the engine, or not turn there was a load. We went and got a new starter. Again, remember to ask an adapter or you can choose to make one

We used a small piece of gauge wire with on ends, soldiered those We then used a small and nut, 10 mm, to secure the current end to the adapter. The other end attached to the + Terminal and tightened down.

The gray boot covered the and the new terminal wasn#39;t near that could create a or short.

I suggest attaching the before mounting the new starter. follow the steps to install the new

Installing the starter

Place all of the onto the baseplate of the starter. the starter into place. the gear protruding from the base and the gear inside of the housing.

Turn the starter to up the bolt holes in the baseplate and the

Secure the starter with the two previously removed from the old If the bolts are highly corroded, use new This is where you want the to already be installed.

Secure the wire with the wire nut. Push the gray cap onto the nut.

Plug the connector to the starter by pressing the into the wire harness.

Put the underpinning into place. the retaining clips into holes with your

Reconnect the positive and then the battery cable.

That do it. You should be able to start the car Few places suggested to start it 3 as a solid test. This like good advice.

I if you found these steps, are useful to you. Feel to comment. If you have questions, I get a note if you post a comment and do what I can to help you out.

not a mechanic, just someone believes in DIY.

If you#39;re my car starts now. Fixed!

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