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Well it has been about a full year since the starter started with the whole "click to start" thing. It would always start on the second or third turn of the key and for long stretches it would work normal as if nothing was wrong. Today I called PepBoys and they had a starter in stock with a lifetime warranty so I went ahead and dove in knowing it would be a lot of work because the starter sits on top of the engine block underneath the intake manifold.

I did NOT drain any coolant from the radiator like the repair manual suggests nor did I depressurize or disconnect any of the fuel fuel system components like others have done. I simply moved them out of the way, with some requiring a length of rope to keep them out of the way.

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Cool, thanks for sharing. Roughly how long did it take you to do the job?
Taking my time, it took about 2.5 hours. I also used some of that time to clean things up under the intake, the top of the block collects a lot of debris. I also cleaned the inside of the runners a little bit as they were coated with an oily grimy layer.
 

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2.5 hours sounds like you got it done pretty quickly. My starter went out last week in my 2007. I am a pretty good shade tree mechanic and considered doing the job myself but my schedule is really busy.

So... had it towed to Germain Nissan in Columbus, Ohio and they charged me $1000 to replace it! They said the job called for 5 hours of labor.

Geez, I have a little regret I didn't do it myself.

Rick
 

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2.5 hours sounds like you got it done pretty quickly. My starter went out last week in my 2007. I am a pretty good shade tree mechanic and considered doing the job myself but my schedule is busy.

So... had it towed to Germain Nissan in Columbus, Ohio and they charged me $1000 to replace it! They said the job called for 5 hours of labor.

Geez, I have a little regret I didn't do it myself.

Rick
Yeah the dealers will charge for however long the book rate says even if they get it done in half the time.

The dealer wanted to charge me $800 to do the crimp fix on my leaking AC line. I fixed it myself with a few crush fittings from Lowe's and a length of brake line from the auto parts store. Cost me a few bucks and a little of my time.
 

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It’s been about 3 years of double starting for my 04 mada. Then the truck wanted to wait until the 3rd start attempt before firing up. I didn’t want to risk getting stuck somewhere so I just had the started changed. It’s a 04 so I went with a aftermarket starter. Nevertheless, it now fires up on the first attempt like new. I figured that I’d played Russian roulette enough years with the intermittent start issue. For anyone else having this issue , It’s probably the starter.
 
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