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How to replace the starter Nissan Titan

Walrus and I decided it was time to replace my starter. Note that Walrus did most of the hard work, but I got to take picture and notes ..

My starter will "click" and then start, its been going on for about a month and getting worse so today was the day to do the replacement.

We purchased the starter from Nissan. Note they only have rebuilt but all the parts are new and factory reassembled. We did not want to chance it with the China knock off. The cost is ~ $325 and you will want to purchase the intake gaskets at the same time.

Total time 2.5 Hours, with an experienced mechanic.

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This thread details the all the steps with pictures.

1. Remove splash panel ... 4 bolts



2. Remove engine cover


3. Drain coolant : (Note: You do not need to drain all the coolant, just enough that it will be below the coolant bypass hose on the throttle body)


4. Pull the fuel pump fuse (15amp 7th space over)


5. Try and start the truck a couple times to remove pressure from the fuel rail.


6. Pull the battery cable (remove power)



7. Remove fuel rail connector and pull fuel line. Here is the tool used


This is the fuel rail connector



8. Remove transmission fill tube bolt



9. Remove intake air tube. Its the big black tube in the back ground. Note that you only need to take it off the intake, but you do not need to completely remove it.



10. Remove service port for fuel pressure regulator



11. Remove brake booster vacuum line



12. Remove 2 PCV’s hoses



13. Remove fuel injector connections (8 ) Push the tab at the top of the connector



14. Remove throttle position sensor plug



15. Remove coolant bypass hose



16. Remove 1 more hose on the throttle body



17. Remove Evap canister control valve connector



18. Remove wire zip tie connectors, be careful to pull out the tie holders so they dont break off the holding pins.



19. Remove 10 intake bolts (Use 10mm) See tool we used to reach the ones in the back.




20. Remove the intake



21. Vacuum out edges where dirt and sand accumulate



22. Towel over the top of the of the intake



23. Remove the tie that hold the start wire



24. Remove the connector for the starter



25. Climb in and remove the 2 bolts that hold the starter (Note: Very hard to remove). NOTE: Be careful, I have an all-aluminum rad so it’s a bit stronger then the OEM plastic ones that could break if you put too much weight on them.



26. Remove the black cover over the starter wire (save the cover). It has the white dot on it in the picture



27. Remove the starter wire using a 12mm socket



28. Remove and replace the intake gaskets



29. Vacuum under the starter where the twigs and berries gather. You will see it...


30. Clean the top of the engine before reinstalling the intake.



31. Install the new starter and work your way back through the process.

Notes: Remember to re-install the fuel pump fuse and if you have anti theft device, be sure to reset it. (Ask me how I know this )

Helpful tip... Use a towel to cover the front of the truck so that it will hold tools better make it a little more comfortable to work on the engine.
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I realized that I forgot to post a good picture of the intake gasket replacement.


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Outstanding job, and write up gentlemen!!!!!!!!!


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Wow. Nice write up, guys. Doesn't seem to be a job for the faint of heart. That's quite a process, but well done on getting yours all buttoned up!

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Wow that's a lot of work to replace a starter. You owe the Walrus a case of evil juice.

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Thank you for this useful and informative post - ADMINS - Please make this a sticky - so it does not get lost!

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Holy crap that's a lot of work for a starter...only took 20 minutes to change one out on my daughters 97 grand Cherokee.
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Wow, fantastic. The Pope is a genius...that's way more work than I ever would have expected!

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