Friday, October 7, 2011

How to replace starter on 2000 Mazda Protege ?

PLEASE HELP.
I WANT TO REPLACE STARTER ON MY MAZDA.SHOULD I LIFT THE CAR ON JACK STANDS ON IT CAN BE REMOVED WITHOUT LIFTING THE CAR.
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The starter is located on the back of the engine closest to the drivers side, under the air intake, if you remove breather tube, that goes from air box to the throttle body, you can see the starter, It would be wise to safely support the vehicle, or use a lift.As you may find it easier to do some things from the top and some other things from the bottom. Be sure you disconnect battery negative before you start the removal and clean all wire leads/connectors before installing the new one.
The starter and starter solenoid are one unit.

You might be able to access the top bolt from the left wheel well if you take out the plastic splash guard behind the left wheel, and have a nice long extension with a "wobbly" 14mm socket. There are a number of 10mm bolts and a few plastic fasteners that hold this on.
Once you have access to the starter, there should be either 1 or two bolts that hold the starter in on the bottom. Remove the bolts and carefully remove the starter from it's position in the transmission. Once you have the starter free, remove the starter cable and the small wire from the clip on the starter solenoid.

You will have to remove the air cleaner box to gain access to the top starter bolt.
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