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|Before you go on the Great Starter Hunt :P consider the idea that there may be a corroded connection somewhere. I'm not sure these cars are more prone to ground connections than any other, but there are some on this board who have had problems clear up when the ground connections were cleaned. It's surely less expensive than a new starter.|
This is a really great how-to on the starter changeout. It's interesting to me because I have a 2001, too. The only pieces of information missing are whether yours is 2 or 4-wheel drive, and if it's a V6 or a four cylinder.
Maybe one of the moderators can "pin" your last post so it will stay at the top of a topic.
I changed the starter on the Santa Fe last week...
It seems to have fixed the problem...Only the junk yard gave me the wrong part at first so I had to go back and get the correct Starter the next day...
Once I changed it the problem was remedied.
Here are a few tips/instructions I thought might be helpful to anyone who may be wanting to do this repair themselves.
!. (Location) The Started on my vehicle is located on the bottom of the engine... best plan of attack is from underneath the car... The starter is located near where the exhaust pipe comes out of the engine and makes a 90 degree turn to run along the bottom of the vehicle. slightly off set a little more toward the driver side.
2. There is a heat shield covering the starter so it may not be glaringly obvious as to where the location is just by taking a quick look as the starter is cover up by a metal cover (Heat Shield)
3. Remove the heat shield to gain access to the starter (there are 2 hex screws and a nut holding it in place).. with enough twisting and turning of the heat shield you will be able to remove it with out removing anything else to get it off. It is a little tricky to maneuver the heat shield off because the exhaust pipe is not in the most convenient place and is kind of in the way a little. Tip: Remember exactly how you removed the heat shield b/c putting it back on will take the same crafty maneuvering.
4. Once the heat shield is off you will see the starter exposed and will be able to gain access to it.. Make sure the battery is disconnected before removing the electrical wires... There are 2 wires that connect to the starter. one real skinny wire just slides off the metal post with out any tools needed... The bigger one requires you to remove a nut.. the nut is covered up by a protective rubber boot that is attached to the wire.. just pull this off and slide it to the side. then remove the nut that is holding the the main thicker wire to the starter.. funny thing was when I did it.. all the nuts on the vehicle were metric except the nut that held on the starter cable.. is was a standard size and not metric...weird hunh
5. After the wires are disconnected there are 2 mounting bolts that hold to starter in place. one bolt (the Top one) is actually attached to the starter and just requires you to remove the nut... the bottom one is a stand alone threaded bolt that comes out.. no nut on this bolt as the starter has a threaded hole that the bottom mounting bolt screws in to .
6. Once the nut on the top bolt is off and the bottom bolt has been pulled out... just slide the starter off.. the only thing holding in place that this point is just the top bolt that is part of the starter going through a hole in the engine assembly.. if the nut is off you should just be able to slide the starter right out.
7. Then slide the replacement starter back through that hole and reattach the nut and the bolt.. then reconnect the wires , and put the heat shield back on.. Putting the heat shield back on was kind of frustrating for me b/c I didn't remember exactly how I finagled it to get it off so putting it back on was not the easiest b/c it would only go on one way since the exhaust pipe was in the way. So make sure you remember the twists and turns you did when you removed it b/c it will come in handy later when reinstalling it.
That's it.. all in all not very difficult and not too hard to get too.
hope this helps some one who has never done this before..
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