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Old 09-04-2010, 01:21 AM   #1
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Default Replacing Starter in 99 Legacy DOHC engine?

My starter started to fail, and I bought a new one for replacement. It looked like two bolts attached the starter to the engine. The top one is an easy in/out. The bottom one looked like not-so-easy to take it out because the heater cores and some other tubes (may be a/c or another heater core).

What type of tools that I can use to take the bottom bolt out? What other items that I need to be careful to take it out?

My car engine is the 2.5 EJ22D (Dohc).
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Old 09-04-2010, 12:50 PM   #2
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12mm box end wrench?
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Old 09-11-2010, 06:21 PM   #3
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assuming it's the same as my forester, it's a 14mm. It helps if you take of the intake stuff to have more access. a lot of the hoses can be unbolted from their ties, and you can use wire or what ever you have around to tie them out of the way. spray it with some penetrating oil, give it 15 min, and hit it with a 6 point socket, with a "cheater bar" slipped over the ratchet to give you a little leverage. you should have enough room for about a 1/8 turn with the cheater bar to break it loose. It is a nut, so you may have to use a deep socket. hope this helps...
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Old 09-12-2010, 02:01 AM   #4
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yes it's a 14mm bolt and it's quite simple to take out, it's a 10 min operation.

it's best to use a ratchet breaker bar, or a ratchet with a long handle to give you more torque, as well as more grip. you'll also need an extension.

oh and those screws w/ phillip are not needed to take out so don't bother wasting 30mins on it.
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