Removing the front exhaust pipe from the engine will give you the necessary space to replace the starter motor on your Isuzu Trooper. If you decide to unbolt the exhaust pipe, unplug the Heated Oxygen (HO2S) sensor connector-threaded on the pipe-and negative terminal from the battery first; then proceed to remove the starter as indicated here. Or follow these steps as an alternative procedure.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Floor jack and 2 jack stands
- Wrench set
- Ratchet and socket set
- Ratchet extension and universal joint
Park your car in a safe place with a level surface and open the bonnet. Disconnect the black, negative battery cable.
Raise the front of the vehicle using a floor jack and safely support it on 2 jack stands.
Remove the starter motor heat shield from underneath the vehicle (driver side) using a wrench or ratchet and socket.
Disconnect the battery cable from the starter solenoid using a wrench or ratchet and socket; then remove the second wire connection on the solenoid using a wrench or ratchet and socket.
Remove the two starter mounting bolts using a ratchet, socket, ratchet extension and universal joint to give yourself extra clearance if necessary.
Work the starter motor out of the engine compartment and away from the vehicle.
Set the new starter and solenoid assembly in place and install the two mounting bolts.
Connect the battery cable and wire to the back of the starter solenoid; install the heat shield and lower the vehicle.
Tips and warnings
- If you need help locating or identifying components, consult your owner's manual or vehicle service manual. You can buy one at most auto parts stores or consult one for free at most public libraries.
- If you do not want to disconnect the black, negative cable from the battery, make sure to wrap electrical tap around the terminal of the batter cable as soon as you disconnect it from the starter solenoid. This will prevent an accidental electrical short and possible damage to sensitive electrical components in your vehicle.