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Hi, I own a 2010 Armada with 75K miles and in the last three months or so I began to get the click ,click, no start occasionally so I decided to go ahead and tackle the starter replacement. For guidance I seen some videos on youtube and I knew what I was getting into. I figured that the hardest part of this job was going to be the mounting bolts of the starter given the location…....boy was I right!
Given the space available I had to use a hammer and a closed end offset Yamaha 14mm wrench to be able to swing the hammer onto it and only then both bolts loosened. There is just no room to use your hand to do so even with a half inch ratchet. I did not have a flex head ratchet which may have helped in this situation. The rest of the job like the plenum removal was easy.
For anyone going to do this in their Armada there is no need to remove the fuel line or the booster line because there is enough slack to swing the plenum to the side and lay it sideways. Save your money and time and don’t purchase the fuel line tool. Do replace all eight plenum gaskets and throttle body gasket.
I had to think of a way to tighten the starter bolts once installed and the only way I did this is by putting a half inch ratchet on each bolt and smacking it with a sledge hammer being careful not to overdo it and confident it would be tight as close to torque spec. It all turned out well for me and started right up after all being assembled, no leaks or problems to deal with. If anyone is reluctant to take on this job in their Armada I can only suggest you remove the “COWL” In order to gain more access to the rear part of the engine and more likely be able to swing a ratchet with ease. Heres a few pics.
Starter removed….. Plenum laying on its side….. Starter mounted and ready for reassembly. CHEERS!!!!
 

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I changed mine out on my ‘04 two weeks ago. It made it almost 200,000. I did the same thing when loosening and tightening the bolts on the starter. I sprayed them with Kroil Oil first.


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did mine on my 04 qx and what PITA that was. took me 6 hours. 3.5 hours was trying to get the rear bolts off the starter and putting back in.
 

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Update. A month has gone by and so far 100% starts. I went ahead and craked open the starter solenoid to look inside at the contact; the brushes appeared to be in very good condition with plenty of life. Attached pic
 

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