How to Repair My 92 Toyota Pickup Starter
Built for 1991 to 1997, the fifth-generation Toyota pickups left the assembly lines with either a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine or a 3.0-liter V6. Toyota also installed a 2.8-liter diesel in some trucks going to European markets. The bodylines became smoother and the quality of the materials used to build the truck were improved but overall, the truck did not change too drastically from the fourth-generation pickups. Repair of the starter in these trucks really equates to replacing it, as rebuilding or repairing a starter requires special skills and tools.
- Wrench set
- Jack stands
- Socket set
- Torque wrench
Disconnect the negative battery cable end from the battery in your Toyota, using a wrench to loosen the clamp bolt, and then lift the cable off the battery. Isolate the battery cable from the battery while you work on the starter motor.
Lift the front of your Toyota with a jack and place a set of jack stands under the front suspension to support the truck. Position yourself under the passenger's side of the truck and locate the starter from under the truck.
Find the two wiring-harness connectors on the rear of the starter solenoid. Unplug the plastic push-in connector from the solenoid and push the wire out of the way. Remove the retaining nut on the second connector with a wrench, then remove the large cable from the terminal.
Locate the two mounting bolts that pass through the bell housing and into the starter. Remove the bolts with a socket and ratchet, then lower the starter from the truck.
Lift the new starter into position under the truck and slide the nose cone of the starter into the hole in the bell housing. Install the upper and lower starter mounting bolts and tighten them to 29 ft-lbs. with a torque wrench.
Connect the "S" connector, the small push-in connector, into the connector on the solenoid. Make sure the locking tab engages on the connector. Place the "B" connector, the larger wire from the stud terminal, onto the terminal on the new starter. Thread the retaining nut onto the terminal and tighten it until it is secure, using a socket and ratchet.
Raise the front of the truck off the jack stands with the jack, remove the stands and set the truck on the ground. Connect the negative battery cable to the negative battery terminal and tighten the clamp bolt on the cable end with a wrench.