Infiniti i35 / Maxima 3.5L Starter Replacement
It might be a headache if your nice Infiniti or Nissan Maxima broke down somewhere. When you try to start your car, you notice that the battery works great, after turning ignition on all you get is one click or no clicks at all. There is a big possibility that the problem is in your starter. Before replacing the starter, you may want to do a little research on internet to make sure it’s the starter. You might feel kind of bad if you replace something that may not need to be replaced. Before replacing the starter, I found couple guides on how to change the starter on little bit older maxima models. Although those guides will help you replace the starter on i35 or 3.5 Maxima, this guide will help you to replace the starter a lot faster without taking out unnecessary items out of your car.
Before beginning, make sure you have all the necessary tools.
New starter (I recommend new over a used ones from a junkyard because most new ones come with a lifetime warranty)
Wrench tools with 10mm, 13mm, 14mm, and 17mm.
Extension or metal pipe at least 2 feet (it’s very hard to unscrew the starter just by using wrench tool)
Pair of pliers
Flat head screwdriver (recommended)
That’s all the tools you need. Not too much, right?
Let’s get started.
Your very first step is open up the hood up. If you can do that, you should be able to do everything else.
To get to the starter, all you need to do is take the airbox out. Before going to the airbox, take off your battery. To take the positive and negative terms out, use 10mm wrench. After the terms are out, take your battery out. If you have battery holder, take that out so you can take the battery out.
Removing the airbox is very easy. First thing you need to do is take out hose on the left side of the airbox. To take the hose out, you need to use a pair of pliers to move out the clamp on the hose. After the clam is away from the airbox, move the hose from the airbox. Don’t be too aggressive as the other side of hose is secured by plastic, which might break if you are too aggressive with the hose.
Don’t take out the screw next to the hose connector, you don’t need to take it out. You’ll see why later.
Now it’s time to take the airbox out. There are only four screws holding the box. Take them out using 13mm wrench.
You don’t need to disconnect any wires and you don’t need to take out your air filter. You won’t be able to take the box completely out of the car because the wire is attached to the airbox. However, you don’t need to take it out.
Put it on the place where battery is supposed to be placed. You may need to shake the airbox a little because there are two parts attached to the airbox (upper manifold and bottom air in pipe)
From now on you should see starter close to the engine. To make sure you find it, look at your new starter. Identical item should be installed next to your engine. If you don’t see it, probably someone stole it from you and that’s why you can’t start your car. If that is your situation, simply install the new one and your car should work right away.
You will see that there are some wires that might bother you. Feel free and take wires away from the place where you will be working on.
There are two items that needs to be disconnected. The first one is wire connector, which can be disconnected without any problems, if you have problems, use flat head screwdriver to play around with the connector. The second part that needs to be disconnected is wire with a claim that is attached to a bolt in the starter.
You need to use 13mm wrench to take the bolt out and move the claim out of the way. It is covered with rubber, which needs to be moved to access the bolt.
Once the connections are out, you are going to have to take the starter out. The started has two bolts that need to be disconnected. First one is 14mm bolt. I had problems taking the bolt using only wrench. I used extension or metal pipe to increase your power in moving the wrench.
After the bolt is able to move freely, you can use your wrench or possibly just bare hands to take the bolt out. Next bolt is 17mm and is located closer to the firewall or away from front of your car. I used extension or metal pipe on this bolt as well.
After loosen the bolt, use just wrench to take the bolt out. Now take the starter out.
Take your brand new starter and put it in the same place where you removed your old starter. Carefully align it to make sure the holes from the starter are in same place as holes in the engine. You may use a flashlight to see well as there is not much light inside. Take the long 17mm bolt and put it in first, screw it in using your bare hands. Now take 14mm bolt and put it in. You may start with a wrench since it’s really hard to screw 14mm bolt with bare hands. After you screw 14mm bolt in, go back to 17mm bolt, take your wrench and screw it in. Don’t use extension because you don’t need to have your starter installed really tough. Your wrench will do the trick.
Now put claim on 13mm bolt on the starter. After you do so, cover it with the rubber. Connect the electrical wire connector. Put wires surrounding the starter where they used to be before. Put the air box back on; make sure that it gets attached with the upper manifold and bottom air in pipe. Secure with air box with 4 screws using 10mm wrench.
Now put back your battery. Connect the positive and negative terms using 10mm wrench. If you have battery holder, install the holder.
That’s it! your car should start right away. Don’t forget to change the clock and radio settings.
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