1998 Landcruiser Prado Starter Motor Location

Submitted: Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 at 23:28
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Hi,

I've looked in my engine compartment, preformed numerous Google searches and looked at the Haynes repair manual.

Yet I cannot find out exactly where the starter motor (which needs replacing) is located on my 1998 Landcruiser Prado.

Haynes says to jack the front of the vehicle up and then goes on to talk about removing a rubber cover cover, etc.

But no exact detail as to where it is located. I assume access from underneath, but where, which side, what is is near, etc?

Can someone please provide me with a detailed description (or even photo / diagram) of where I can find it!

Many thanks, Bill
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Reply By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 at 23:45

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 at 23:45
dude ...... it is under "yellow pages" ..... (mechanic) ...
It is a prick of a job and if you cant find it you dont have the skills to work on it ....
Cheers
Joe
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Follow Up By: desray (WA - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 05:43

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 05:43
I agree with ,,It is a prick of a job and if you cant find it you dont have the skills to work on it ....
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 08:29

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 08:29
agree with other's ... Aswel as ... Is it a landcruiser or prado ... IMO ...a prado isn't a cruiser !!!!! it is more similar to a hilux

Cheers Nick b
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 08:41

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 08:41
P.S .... if you do find that starter motor & are going to do it your self make sure you disconnect battery 1st or you will be looking for clean nickers too , as i'm sure they are electric thingo !!! lol
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Follow Up By: Tim - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 11:00

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 11:00
I just looked at the badge of my 90 series and 150 series, both say "Land cruiser Prado", can't see the word "Hilux" anywhere......
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Follow Up By: Member - Chris & Debbie (QLD) - Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 at 13:01

Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 at 13:01
On the 'Landcruiser' 'Prado' Statement.

Don't know if it is still true but Toyota re-named Prado to Landcruiser Prado to make their Landcruiser sales figures look better, Patrol vs Landcruiser I would assume.
Its a wonder that Nissan did not call their Pathfinder 'Patrol Pathfinder' to make their sales figurs look better too.
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Follow Up By: Tim - Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 at 13:36

Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 at 13:36
That is an interesting spin on it, the efforts you go to in order to make stats look like you want them to.
Tim
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Reply By: Tim - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 01:51

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 01:51
In the diesel it is under the oil filter, not sure about the petrol but I have a workshop manual at home if someone doesn't answer before I get home.
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Follow Up By: Geoff in SA - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 08:25

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 08:25
so these new modern cars etc have starter motors".............

all I have is one of those bent bits of steel rod I put in the front and turn.
maybe you have yours under the seat like mine

Did you look there???
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Follow Up By: William D1 - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 21:00

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 21:00
Thanks Tim.
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Follow Up By: Tim - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 23:11

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 23:11
I saw on another follow up that you are going to get the shop to do it. Might be a good idea if your not sure. In saying that, I certainly wasn't born with what knowledge I have, everyone has to learn somehow. As an aside, and I may get zapped for this but I will be selling my workshop manuals soon as I am getting rid of the 90 series, email me if your interested. admin AT outbackhire.com.au
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Reply By: olcoolone - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 08:34

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 08:34
Scary..... do you do your own brakes as well?
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Follow Up By: William D1 - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 21:05

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 21:05
Now there's an idea!
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 10:47

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 10:47
If you can find the battery follow the heavy wire attached to the positive (+) terminal. The other end should be bolted to the starter motor solenoid which is usually a part of the starter motor. I'm not familiar with that particular model but just about every starter motor I have seen is bolted to the flywheel housing.
As someone else has said, disconnect the battery terminal before you start work. If you don't the results could be quite spectacular and possibly injurious.

Good luck
Pop
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Follow Up By: William D1 - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 21:03

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 21:03
Thanks for that. However, I'll get the shop to do it.
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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 20:13

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 20:13
Bill. If it is a V6 petrol it is down under the drivers side at the bell housing. I guarrantee,if you don't have a hoist and double jointed wrists,you will not be able to do it yourself. Apart from a Challenger clutch,it is one of the worst jobs I have ever done. Cheers,Bob.
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Follow Up By: William D1 - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 20:59

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 20:59
Thanks for the informative reply. Given your response I'll get the dealer to do it.

It's unfortunate that they don't place things in a more easily accessible area, as the overall removal and replacement process should only involve removing a few bolts and unplugging a cable.

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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 21:11

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 21:11
If it was me Bill. I would look for a smaller independent mechanic. The dealers over hear in the east are charging around $110 an hour. Smaller ones are around $77. Bob
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Reply By: Rockape - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 20:30

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 20:30
Bill,
You have the worst workshop manual going. Haynes are the pits and the best one to get is a Gregorys manual.

I guess you are used to older style vehicles and it might be interesting to see some that responded find and change a starter motor on the V8 diesel cruiser. I don't mean you Joe.

RA.
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Follow Up By: William D1 - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 21:02

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 21:02
Yes, I agree, the Haynes manual is pityful. A lot of stuff is glossed over and informative photos and diagrams are lacking!

Cheers, Bill
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Follow Up By: fisho64 - Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 at 12:33

Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 at 12:33
Pretty sure Haynes bought out Gregorys years ago. The days of the hard cover glossy page Gregorys is long gone.
Now its cardboard covers and cheap brown paper that you cant wipe clean.

Best bet is buy one of the file sharing sites. About $US8, then just print out what you need use them and ditch them.
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Reply By: vicex - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 20:55

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 20:55
from memory it is on the right hand side look beside the wheel there is a rubber cover between the chassis and motor the best way is to take the wheel off and you might have to take the brake lin off to make it easier hope this helps regards allen
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Follow Up By: William D1 - Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 21:04

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 21:04
Thanks for that. However as an earlier poster has noted, this has to be the worse job possible, so I'll get the shop to do it for me.
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Reply By: bks - Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 at 12:03

Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 at 12:03
I had mine done a couple of years ago by a young local guy. He didn't have much trouble getting it out once it was found.

It turned out mine was not worn out just full of dirt. Anyway once it was out I had it reconditioned anyway. Apparently they die at 275K on the dot.

I'm in sydney if you are interested in getting the details of who did mine.
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