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HELP! Replacing the starter

Hey guys, nice forum you have here.

I need to replace my girlfriend's starter on her 2006 Sonata 3.3 V6. Her car is having the intermittent starting thing that i noticed some others are. We've already replaced the battery and the starter relay. The relay helped for a while but the car is back to having issues intermittently again. I figured i'd replace the starter now(with a new starter solenoid on it). Also, while im doing this i'll check for any loose or rusty grounds.

So, i've peeked under the hood and tried to follow the battery cables to find the starter but i havent been able to find it.

Is it under something? Do i need to remove the battery?

Hopefully someone can help me out or direct me somewhere with some instructions on how to do it?

Thanks a bunch!
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Go to www.hmaservice.com sign up and you have access to shop manuals, electrical schematics/wiring diagrams TSB (technical service bulletins) and more.
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well, I looked at a pics of your size motor. I really have to assume that the access is from under the vehicle.... prob on the back towards firewall and must be over exhaust (looking up from under it) and attached to transmission. REMEMBER: disconnect battery 1st! If you want to be certain it is starter first either while it's still connected to battery, go under and check if you have constant 12v on main terminal and switch terminal should have 12v ONLY when key is "cranking"... hold key long enough to test for current. If all is as should be, continue to remove starter after disconnecting battery. Bench check both old (to be sure its bad) and new (so u don't install a defective one). Can be done at very store u purchase starter for free. Good Luck!
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Go to www.hmaservice.com sign up and you have access to shop manuals, electrical schematics/wiring diagrams TSB (technical service bulletins) and more.
i already did that but they dont have anything too useful as far as locating the starter. the picture they provide is of just the starter and not the location of it.
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well, I looked at a pics of your size motor. I really have to assume that the access is from under the vehicle.... prob on the back towards firewall and must be over exhaust (looking up from under it) and attached to transmission. REMEMBER: disconnect battery 1st! If you want to be certain it is starter first either while it's still connected to battery, go under and check if you have constant 12v on main terminal and switch terminal should have 12v ONLY when key is "cranking"... hold key long enough to test for current. If all is as should be, continue to remove starter after disconnecting battery. Bench check both old (to be sure its bad) and new (so u don't install a defective one). Can be done at very store u purchase starter for free. Good Luck!
thanks, i didnt think to check under the car. i'll go check if it's there later when im off work.

unfortunately, i purchased the starter off amazon so no help there. :\

also, i dont have a voltmeter.

the main issue is that at most times, the car starts up perfectly fine. other times, the car wont even click but the lights and all electricals power up fine. i thought it was the starter relay in the fuse box as i had been able to swap it with a good one and get the car started (then i put the old relay back in and the car wouldnt start). After replacing the relay, the problem came back a few weeks later. So i figure it could be the starter solenoid. I decided to just purchase a replacement starter at that point since i notice the starter solenoid is included with the starter and the solenoid price alone is nearly the same price.
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of course.....test light will do job too....cant tell how many volts but at least see if lt lights and HOW bright... just throwing ya some ideas
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ha, i have no way of doing any kind of electrical testing currently.

i do have the part here with me so i think i may just do the install and cross my fingers.

btw i found a diagram of where it's supposed to be. if the diagram is correct, it shows the front lower end of the engine.
http://autopartmaster.com/imgbank/ca...&sgrp=D0C002E9

hope it's not too hard to get to.

btw anyone know what size sockets/wrenches i'll need for this?
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That's some great info @Ogwab47! and it's FREE!
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You should check the harness going to the fuel pump. If it looks burnt that could be your problem.
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You should check the harness going to the fuel pump. If it looks burnt that could be your problem.
im suspecting it's starter related because, like i said in the original post, i had temporarily fixed it by replacing the relay in the fusebox.

at the time, the car would not start so i swapped the starter relay with an equivalent from another part of the car. the car started right up. i put the original relay back in and the car did not start. swapped it again, the car started.
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