How to Replace your Car's Starter Contact
Is there a clicking sound each time you turn on the ignition key of your Toyota vehicle? If yes is your answer, then there's a good chance that its starter contact is already damaged. Replacing the starter contact should be manageable as long as you use the right "starter contact set". If you want to know how to replace a damaged starter contact, just follow the instructions below.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
- Socket set (12mm, 14mm, 17mm, and 8mm)
- Screwdrivers (Flathead and Phillips)
- 1.5-foot ratchet extension
- Floor jack and jack stands
- Clean piece of cloth or paper
- Brand-new starter contact set
Step 1: To prevent any accidents, disconnect the positive battery terminal.
Step 2: Raise your vehicle by using a floor jack. For added support, place a couple of jack stands underneath the vehicle.
Step 3: Pull the plastic clips that hold the plastic fender lining. Remove the plastic fender lining.
Step 4: Using an 8mm socket, remove the bolts that hold down the heat shield.
Step 5: Push the rubber boot that covers your vehicle's starter.
Step 6: Using a ratchet, loosen the 14mm bolt that holds the starter in place. This bolt can be found on top of the starter. Note: Do not remove this bolt completely.
Step 7: Using a 17mm socket and 1.5-foot ratchet extension, remove the second bolt (this one is located at the bottom of the starter assembly). Wipe the grease off the bolt with a piece of rag to make its removal easier.
Step 8: Once the two bolts of the starter assembly have been removed, set them aside by placing them on a clean piece of paper or cloth.
Step 9: Remove the old starter of your vehicle by turning it sideways and pulling it out. Note: You can remove the starter easier by using a flathead screwdriver.
Step 10: Using a Phillips screwdriver, loosen the screws that hold the starter cover. Remove the starter cover and the plunger inside the starter.
Step 11: Set aside the plunger and the spring that goes with it.
Step 12: Remove the old starter contact and check for wear. If the old contact of your car has a lot of deposits, replace it with a brand-new starter contact.
Step 13: When installing the new starter contact, remember how the old one was installed in your vehicle.
Step 14: Once you've put the new starter contact in place, reinstall the plunger and the spring in the starter. Don't forget to reinstall the starter cover as well.
Step 15: Put the starter back into the engine in the same manner that you've removed it.
For an experienced DIYer, the entire process will only take two hours. To check if the newly installed starter contact is already working, start your vehicle's engine, and listen if there's still a clicking sound when the ignition key is turned on.