2.0 Coupe - Removing Starter Motor

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JeremyC
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2.0 Coupe - Removing Starter Motor

Post by JeremyC » Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:57 pm

Folks, it's been about 25 years since I last took the starter motor out of my 2.0 Coupe. Please remind me how to do it.

Many thanks.

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Re: 2.0 Coupe - Removing Starter Motor

Post by JeremyC » Thu Mar 19, 2020 11:45 am

Has nobody done this?

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Re: 2.0 Coupe - Removing Starter Motor

Post by Georg » Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:35 pm

Hy Jeremy
Disconnect starter battery first
Lift the car on an auto lift, all work hast to be done from below
Disconnect electrical wiring from starter and solenoid (cable 30 connecting with battery and 50 connecting with ignition switch)
Unscrew the three M8 screws which hold the starter to the bell house with a socket wrench
Try to get the starter out of this very tight spot below the exhaust manifolds. Try and error.
Have fun, it’s a lousy job, will take about 45 mins.

Georg

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Re: 2.0 Coupe - Removing Starter Motor

Post by Dario » Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:44 pm

I've done it once too many times on my 2.4L. If it it the same, it works like this:
-Unclamp and disconnect right exhaust tube from the 3-in-1 manifold.
-place a jack under the oil sump and support engine, undo right engine mount
-Lift engine a little and remove the exhaust manifolds from the heads
-Unbolt starter from the transmission bell housing
-manhandle starter towards the front, remove the oil pressure switch if necessary for clearance

Alternatively, you can also remove the transmission (been there, done that too), but it is much more work and unnecessary unless you want it off for another reason.

Clearly, you will need the car on jacks to do this. To say it is not great fun is an understatement that comes second only to being stuck on a parking lot with the starter not working :-)

Good luck, and report back if the sequence is/is not correct for the 2.0

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Re: 2.0 Coupe - Removing Starter Motor

Post by Dario » Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:45 pm

How about that, two replies in 10 min!

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Re: 2.0 Coupe - Removing Starter Motor

Post by JeremyC » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:21 am

Thanks folks. I messaged with a couple of chaps that know these cars very well. Both suggested the headers / engine mount approach but one also said he finds it easier to slide the gearbox back. I can see the appeal of this latter approach though I'd have concerns about getting the gearbox mated again.

George, your post seems to suggest it can be wrestled out without removing anything, is that what you were saying?

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Re: 2.0 Coupe - Removing Starter Motor

Post by Georg » Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:41 pm

I am not sure if you will succeed to wrestle it out my way. I changed the solenoid at a 2.0 Spider some months ago, and did this without taking the starter out completely. I did this while the starter motor was in his nest. Unscrewed it and turned it. A very lousy job. I am not sure any more, if you will get it out without unscrewing the rubber mount.
Georg

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Re: 2.0 Coupe - Removing Starter Motor

Post by JeremyC » Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:44 am

OK thanks folks.

I got a spanner on 5 out of the 6 manifold nuts and could turn them all so I'm feeling a bit more confident about the job.

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