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    Hi guys,

    I just replaced my clutch and seem to have now developed a problem with the starter motor. Blowed if I'm taking it all apart again! I have read that it's possible to get the starter motor out without removing driveshaft and exhaust manifold.

    Has anyone got experience with this or helpful tips about getting it out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnhdennis View Post
    Hi guys,

    I just replaced my clutch and seem to have now developed a problem with the starter motor. Blowed if I'm taking it all apart again! I have read that it's possible to get the starter motor out without removing driveshaft and exhaust manifold.

    Has anyone got experience with this or helpful tips about getting it out?

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    Start from the tail lights and work your way forward.

    Your on the right track, driveshaft, manifold. Bugger of a job.
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    Dave, what's the problem? Before you go too far, make sure you've replaced all earths to the engine and gearbox securely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuey View Post
    Dave, what's the problem? Before you go too far, make sure you've replaced all earths to the engine and gearbox securely.
    2WD is quite easy. 4WD, nuh don't volunteer for that one.
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    Don't get me started on rx4 starter motors. I spent half a day on the ground in the yard pulling out the driveshaft. To find that after all that it was still quicker to go and remove one from a complete 2wd.
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    I was thinking the gearbox earth may have been removed and not replaced, and possibly enough current would flow to make the solenoid click even without it, making it seem like the starter.
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    Thanks to all replies.
    To be clear, the starter was working and the engine running so electrics are fine, but a bit of a nasty mechanical grinding so turned it straight off again.

    I found that removing the lowest part of heat shield off the manifold (easy enough) gave enough room to drop the starter down through the gap where the RH drive shaft is now the only thing holding it in. Starter and flywheel teeth look ok so maybe it was just a return spring or alignment glitch (when removing gearbox we found there was only two bolts in the starter rather than 3). So RH driveshaft will come out and then I can properly check the starter motor.

    Fingers crossed...

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    he Turns out the wrong clutch kit had been sent to me (from the UK... via eBay - won't do that again), and I didn't notice the difference in the pressure plate. Took the gearbox out and realised the mistake, so ended up putting the old pressure plate back in with new friction plate.

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    Honestly, I don't envy you at all.

    The starter on an Rx4 would be the toughest replacement I have endured in 35 years of tinkering with cars bar NONE.

    It is a bitch of a job.

    Yes, driveshaft and manifold need to be removed....crappy to say the least.
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