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When did your Starter fail on your 2007-2013 Tundra?

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by mlong219, Aug 31, 2018.

  1. Aug 31, 2018 at 5:26 AM
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    Hi All,

    I've a 4x4 2010 CrewMax tundra, with 128k miles. At some point, I know I'm going to have to replace the starter. For those of you who have already replaced your starter, can you tell me the year of your tundra, and the miles when the started failed, and what year you actually replaced the starter. I'm trying to get an idea, when my starter may fail on me.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Aug 31, 2018 at 5:35 AM
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    Not sure Miles or years will be a good gauge for failure. Thinking of Brakes; mileage and years not really a factor like many seem to boast for longevity - more about kind of driving and brake usage. With starters, more of how many starts and climate could be a factor. There could have been some mfg issues for a period of time as well.

    Disclaimer: Do not know any thing about 2nd Gen starter issues. Have an 07 3rd owner, do not know if original starter or replacement.
     
  3. Dec 31, 2018 at 7:23 AM
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    2010 DC SR5 orignal starter but only 53kmi. Starter going strong.
     
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  6. Dec 31, 2018 at 7:35 AM
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    94K on my 07...starter still working.
     
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    My 2007 5.7L RCSB had the starter fail around 205k miles in 2017. I got in to start it and just heard a the starter screaming with no bendix engage. I assume the shaft fatigued and failed right at the gear. I wasn't upset, I feel like 10 years and 200k+ miles was a good amount of life.
     
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    The 5.7 Tundra 4X4 starter job is an absolute nightmare, I'm a mechanic and this is something i'm not looking forward to doing some day, I just hope it's a lot later rather than sooner for my starter.
     
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    How much did you pay to have it done?
     
  10. Jan 1, 2019 at 9:42 AM
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    I had just done my own alternator change out about a month prior. Looking back I think my battery actually died and my alternator was fine, I learned this after i went through the work of changing it. After that, when the starter broke I had the dealer change the starter. Total for new starter and labor out the door was like $1k.
     
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    $1k DAMN!!! Makes me want to get some estimates so I know where to have it towed when the time comes.....

    Question for those who have replaced their starter: Did it fail suddenly or were there some signs of weakness or "soon to be failure"? Did it leave you stranded?
     
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    Depends, sometimes it's just silence and die abruptly, sometimes it'll take a couple cranks to fire up, weather pending as well. So when that happens, check your battery first, if it's strong and healthy and you have trouble starting, then it's probably the starter. Most cars the starter is visible, that you can poke it with a stick and have someone crank the ignition to get it going, but not this truck, Toyota effed us on this one, it's behind the exhaust manifold hidden behind heat shields.
     
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    Just an FYI, one of the worst things for a starter is a weak battery. At the first sign it's starting to go replace it.
     
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    The starter on my 07 failed in 2017 at 200k miles
     
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    Yeah, it wasn't cheap. At that point my time was more valuable to me and I needed my truck fixed. Change your own starter on any gen Tundra and you might not mind coughing up a grand.

    As for the starter failing, it gave no warning. I turned the key and it screamed up to like 5000 rpm since it had no load and wasn't engaging the flywheel.
     
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    The first gen Tundra 4.7 starter is not fun either, i've heard lots of stories about mechanic doing the job and end up dropping a wrench into the manifold and mess up the engine. AllData labor book gives us 5 hours to do the starter job, so for a grand at the dealership it's not too bad.
     
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    2010 4X4 Crewmax. 150kmiles original starter no problems!
     
  18. Aug 26, 2019 at 3:04 PM
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    Got a 07 5.7 2wd starter made noise for bout 2 days told wife day before it broke down I think my starter is going out probably need to do something about it soon. Well soon it was. Starter Just spinning making ugly noise. Had truck towed home. Started researching on you tube found different ways people were doing job which helped a lot. I did not want to take off the manifold ,oil cooler lines and other things people were suggesting I even left tire on cause I didn’t want to be all under truck jacked up. Had wheels turned to left, took off rubber flaps inside wheel well, heat shields (not easy). For the starter bolts used 14mm straight Ratchet wrench on lower ,for upper bolt used regular 14mm wrench. These were tight. Getting the small wire off the starter wasn’t easy you can’t see it and need a small flathead to undo clip. This took me around 7 hrs to complete. So give yourself a day. O yea I got 288,000 out of my starter. So if it starts making any different sound at startup park it.
     
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    2007 crewmax. 152k 50/50 city/highway. Daily driver still on original starter(and everything else under hood)
     
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    Mine failed somewhere in the neighborhood of 18K miles. Yes, 18K miles. And it was sudden. When I was driving cross country. Got stranded in Evansville, IN on a Saturday. Got a tow to Firestone, they wouldn't touch it with a 10' pole. Had to wait for the dealership to open on Monday. To the dealership's credit, they had me back on the road early afternoon. Still pissed that it went out that quickly. And that you have to take apart half of the engine to get to it.
     
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    Is a starter something to really be concerned with or expect to go out? I've been driving for 20 years, had a 4Runner with 190,000 miles, a Tacoma with 180,000, my wife had a Celica with 140,000, and a 4Runner with 150,000 miles on them, we never once had any issues with a starter. I know my dad's Tundra has 180,000 with the original starter as well.
     
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    Not sure if to be concerned about, but hearing that the replacement is a royal PITA on the Tundra. Also hearing very expensive to have done like $1200 in Labor. Guessing some are fearing the repair or maybe trying to schedule proactively.
    I will wait for failure.
     
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    2009 DC 4 x 2 V6 165,000 miles No starter issues
     
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    I can't remember the exact mileage, but the starter in my 2009 tundra failed around the 160k mile mark.
     
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    Well out of your range but my 04 failed around 150k. Same deal...900-ish to fix it. Didn't have the time or the tools.
     
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    2008 4wd 5.7 starter went at 285000 miles. Replacement was the worst job I’ve done, and I’ve built a truck. I was dead set against spending even more money and having to buy manifold gaskets so I did it differently. I unbolted the motor and jacked it up until i had room to slide the starter out. Took me 7 hours over two days outside in -30c and in snow. :bananadead: Only cost $ for the starter though
     
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    My 2008 went out a few weeks ago, ~215k. No warning signs at all. Bought a new one off rockauto for like $100, took maybe 4 hours to replace it. Wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be.
     
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    Which engine, which transmission? A 5.7 4x4 is a nightmare to swap out
     

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