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Old 09-21-2009, 10:25 PM   #1
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Hey everyone! Going to be replacing friends starter on his 01 outback. I looked at it and it looks like its very easy to get at. Its on the driverside right at top just below the airbox. Are there potential surprises that i might be faced with when doing this job? How many bolts are holding the starter, just 2?

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Old 09-21-2009, 11:07 PM   #2
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Two bolts on the starter. One nut on the wire. And one plug on the other wire. You can do it without removing much more than the airbox.
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:36 PM   #3
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sweet, thanks.
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:37 PM   #4
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do you know how much a dealrship would usually charge for this kind of job?
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Old 09-22-2009, 02:22 AM   #5
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do you know how much a dealership would usually charge for this kind of job?
Waaaayyyyyy too much. You should be able to do it in 15-30 minutes with normal hand tools.
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Old 09-22-2009, 06:37 AM   #6
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Thin wrists and double joints are helpful in getting the bottom one out, but it's not a difficult job by any means.

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Thin wrists and double joints are helpful in getting the bottom one out, but it's not a difficult job by any means.

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Sometimes, putting the car up (jackstands, ramps) allows doing the bottom bolt from underneath.

Also, sometimes the bottom one is a nut on a stud, NOT a bolt.
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On a 2001 it will be a bolt. That's an 8 bolt engine/transmission assembly.
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Old 09-25-2009, 07:55 PM   #9
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On a 2001 it will be a bolt. That's an 8 bolt engine/transmission assembly.
You just HAD to say that, didn't you.


HAHAHAHAHA...ROFLMAO.....

I guess I need to work on more newer Subarus.
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:51 PM   #10
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disconnect the battery FIRST before messing with the starter.
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:36 AM   #11
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dont drop it on your face if you do it from underneath
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OUCH!!!!!!!!!
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i did it. Was super easy. Instead of jacking up the car i just tied a rope around it and lowered the old on on the ground. The new one went in the same way with a rope.

The sad part that after i put it in the car started and 10 minutes late it would not start. I figure the problem was that the starter was not getting enough juice. The owner of the car changed the battery with thinner terminals so he had to change the terminals on the wires and did a really ****ty job. He did not crimp or solder the wires. The metal part of the wire was almost not touching the terminals. So it was not even the starter that was causing the problems. I got 80 bucks for just about an hour and 15 minutes of work.
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So it was not even the starter that was causing the problems. I got 80 bucks for just about an hour and 15 minutes of work.
Good for you!
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