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Starter replacement, rear shocks replacement on 3rd gen 4runner

Discussion in '3rd Gen 4Runners (1996-2002)' started by tbird, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. Oct 18, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    tbird [OP] New Member

    Oct 18, 2015
    First Name:
    1999 4runner limited
    Tundra front brakes 17 inch wheels and after market radio
    Hello folks been using your site for a while and thought I would contribute.

    Starter replacement made easy:
    1. Remove Battery ground
    2. Take the sway bar links loose at the A-frame. Need metric allen and correct wrench for nut.
    3. Pry the links out of the control arm and push sway bar ends up. This will give you clearance for the starter to come out and go back. Mine came out but the new one was a little bigger and needed this extra clearance.
    4. Remove the wires and 2 bolts. Starter should come out and back with no problems.
    P.S. I forgot you have to take the skid plate off first. Sorry about that!
    Rear shocks replacement:
    The nut at the top is always rusted and is going to break off.
    1. Jack and block the side you are working. Be sure to jack up the frame not the axle unless you have super human strength and can compress the shock with your hands.
    2. Use a ratchet strap to hold rear axle housing on the side you're working on. Just hook it to the frame and take the downward weight off the shock.
    3. Loosen the bottom shock nut but leave the shock on the stud.
    4. Find the best fitting hex socket and attach it to the top shock nut. Use a breaker bar on the socket and wedge it on the frame or under carriage.
    5. Hears the time saver. Get a pipe wrench and put it on the shock shaft. You can get a lot more leverage and break the top shaft off at the nut. You may have to cut or rip off part of the pretective shock sleeve to get the pipe on the shaft but believe me its the easiest way. Now remove the bottom nut and pry the shock off the stud.
    P.S. It's a must to remove the spare tire!!
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2015
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