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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-16-2019, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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86 spider starter removal help

I started working towards removing the plenum and starter from above but ran into difficulties with detaching the plenum support.
Now I'm looking at removing the starter from below by disconnecting the center tie rod to make room.
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I have not had the pleasure yet but I did recently read a thread about the procedure. It sounded like you need not remove anything, going from the bottom. Maybe look in the Tech section or Google it. Many times it links you here anyway!
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You don't need to remove anything other than the windshield washer fluid bottle to get access. The starter is secured to the bell housing by three bolts, all of which are accessible from above. The center bolt is a shoulder bolt that is installed in the opposite direction of the other two.

Disconnect the battery, then disconnect the wires from the starter solenoid. You can do this by reaching around the front of the plenum (you may want to remove the coolant overflow bottle to ease access, but it isn't absolutely necessary). There are a couple of wires with ring connectors on the front of the solenoid. Unscrew the nut (13mm?), and the wires will come off. Then there is a connector to a blade terminal on the solenoid.

After the wires are disconnected, just remove the three bolts holding the starter in place and pull the starter forward and out around the front of the plenum. The job is a little tougher is your car has AC.

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I'll see if I can look at my car tonight and remember the trick for removing the plenum support. It defeated me completely once, but now that I've learned the trick it's easy........if I can just remember the trick!

As far as the starter goes, I find a lot of cussing to be beneficial!

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I have not had the pleasure yet but I did recently read a thread about the procedure. It sounded like you need not remove anything, going from the bottom. Maybe look in the Tech section or Google it. Many times it links you here anyway!


Agree I had a shop replace my. They went through the bottom.


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Thanks All!
I removed it from underneath.
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I removed it from underneath.


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About an hour. I split the tie rod end at the idler relay to make more room and removed the two lower starter bolts and electrics from below. This is the skinny starter.
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Took me about an hour when I did it last summer. Pain in the ***, but worth it. Make sure to use the correct shoulder bolt as well or else it will grind.
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