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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 28, 2019 at 8:01 PM
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    equin

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    Only starter I’ve ever had to replace was on a fullsize Ford Bronco. Ford’s can be difficult to work on. Engineers gave little thought to getting at hard to reach parts, nuts and bolts with most things. But that Ford starter was easy to replace. Disappointed to hear of the difficulty and labor costs involved with Tundra starters, though. Not looking forward to that if and when the time comes.
     
  2. Aug 29, 2019 at 5:11 AM
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    5.7 4x4 auto 6 speed double cab. I think I undid the passenger motor mount from the frame and lifted the engine with a floor jack like two inches and it came right out. Like I said, it wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be and was pretty fast all things considering. One of the rare times that doing the work myself was actually faster and cheaper than Toyota (apparently) quotes.
     
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  3. Aug 29, 2019 at 6:00 AM
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    Gone are the days where you can get underneath and hit it with a baseball bat, or hammer and get it going. LOL
     
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  4. Aug 29, 2019 at 6:38 AM
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    2005 with 117K miles, no starter change yet
     
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  5. Aug 29, 2019 at 8:43 AM
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    Thanks, I’ll remember that tip if and when I may need to replace it myself.
     
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  6. Aug 29, 2019 at 10:30 AM
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  7. Aug 31, 2019 at 1:18 PM
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    2007- 205,000 Starter went out and that was the very first real issue other than maintenance or window seals... followed soon by brakes and struts, window motors, and now overheating! sounds unlucky, but each event immediately followed a long distance move. Made it there with trailers before the problems, so i feel pretty lucky!
     
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  8. Sep 3, 2019 at 9:59 PM
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    starter gave up @ 240,000 miles on my 08 , first time she left me sit !
     
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  9. Sep 6, 2019 at 9:18 AM
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    Generally no, a starter is not something you have to normally change or deal with like belts, hoses, brakes, or struts. They generally tend to build starters like tanks, I mean, they are big and heavy and look like an industrial electric motor piece of hardware. As for Tundras, I've not heard of any issues with the starters until this thread and what I've learned is that it's a PITA to change a Tundra starter.
     
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  10. Sep 7, 2019 at 9:05 AM
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    I have never heard of a starter ever failing on any japanese vehicle in my long life, and I have owned 12 of them.
     
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  11. Sep 7, 2019 at 9:07 AM
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    It was replaced under warranty right? That is a factory problem. A defect.
     
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  12. Oct 5, 2019 at 1:51 PM
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    I’ve got an ‘08 5.7L also. Happened 30 mins ago. I’m gonna go check relays and battery (which is only 3 months old!) and hope. Only have 125k miles on it. My driveway is inclined so not sure if I can do the motor mount/jack option... might have to cough up a $G...
     
  13. Oct 5, 2019 at 2:00 PM
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    Mine failed in my ‘08 Sequoia a couple months back....180k miles though. Why did they have to make them in such a terrible place to replace.. I didn’t feel like wasting. 1.5 days of my time, and many cuss words, so had the dealer do it $1.6k..

    Good luck to anyone that this happens to, the Toyota engineers made this a difficult problem!
     
  14. Oct 5, 2019 at 2:04 PM
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    Has anyone done the standard method of exhaust manifold removal? 1 to 10 on difficulty? Seems like even the jack-motor-up-leave-exhaust-manifold-on-method is a 9 for complexity, with mult bolts shearing, etc.
     
  15. Oct 5, 2019 at 2:07 PM
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    $1.6k! Inflation? Might be worth a weekend under the truck...
     
  16. Oct 6, 2019 at 5:42 PM
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    Had my starter replaced at 357000 miles on my 2011 5.7, can't complain. Local shop did the replacement at about $ 600.
     
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  17. Oct 7, 2019 at 2:16 PM
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    1), damn! 357k miles on an ‘11! Well done sir

    2) local guy that comes well recommended quoted me $900 all said and done. Dealers wanted ~$1200

    So, I sent her off...

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  18. Oct 7, 2019 at 3:33 PM
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    Starters scare me because they don't always give a warning before going. I go to some remote areas and I'm always afraid my 18 year old starter is going to give out. They seem to last for a very long time though. No matter what gen Tundra you have.
     
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  19. Oct 7, 2019 at 3:47 PM
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    I have a Lexus LS460 that I attempted to replace the starter on. Half way through it I cut my losses and sent it to my mechanic. I had to take off one side of the engine mount, a section of the exhaust, the oil dip stick sleeve, and some of the suspension. Mind you all these nuts and bolts were in tight ass places that my hand barely fit into. Nope...my time is done here. Paid $900 to my mechanic, starter went out at 178,000. Couldn't be mad about it.
     
  20. Oct 7, 2019 at 3:49 PM
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    Yep she is up to 387K now, still running well.
     
  21. Oct 8, 2019 at 10:11 AM
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    2008 Toyota Tundra Crewmax 5.7L with 216000 miles on it. Still original starter, one owner, and a daily driver. I better watch myself! Lol
     
  22. Oct 8, 2019 at 11:38 AM
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    I don't think I've ever seen a Tundra on tow truck with my own eyes. Not that they don't exist, obviously. I'm not delusional to think that Tundras are gods that have graced us with their presence by taking the form of invincible trucks. I just never seen one in person, is all.
     
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    The view from the passenger seat of the roll back when my 2007's starter failed.

    Edited to add: The $225 tow bill was the most expensive part of the repair.
     
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  24. Oct 8, 2019 at 12:13 PM
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    2008 with 238K on it and it was still going strong when i sold it.
     
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  25. Oct 8, 2019 at 1:25 PM
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    Yeah, it's just like anything else - it could last 250K, or it could go out for whatever reason a lot quicker. I had a Toyota Solara convertible that had about 95,000 on it when the starter when out, and even though it was under the hood it was HARD to get in and out. I sold it at 167,000 and it was still running strong, but I had already determined if it went out again I wasn't going to do the labor on it again! I can only imagine what a pain this starter in my Tundra would be.
     
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  28. Oct 9, 2019 at 12:30 PM
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    Its OK though. That tundra will be hauling that tow truck after it gets its starter fixed.
     
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  29. Oct 13, 2019 at 3:15 PM
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    "Gone are the days where you can get underneath and hit it with a baseball bat, or hammer and get it going. LOL"

    Not quite. My 2010 5.7 suddenly just 'clicked' after 240,000 miles. Tapping the starter with a long pry bar gets it going, someone on the key as I tap, sometimes not if I'm lucky.
    Debating how to fix it for two weeks now.
    Inside the pass front wheel well pull the snap from the top of the rear mug flap. Pull it back an you can see the heat shield(s) The lowest visible bolt is actually the second heat shield attaching directly to the starter.

    Tap that bolt, and go! Maybe

    UPDATE


    I got tired of banging the starter to start my truck so here's my contribution to the 5.7 Tundra 4x4 starter replacement body of knowledge

    Videos on Youtube are not efficient and possibly pranks, but they provide some views on what you see under there.

    'Atslemmons' on the thread below has the best procedure. Do take the heat shields of in the order he does. The only difference for me was I removed the two upper engine mount bolts(recommended elsewhere on Youtube), seemed easier.

    https://www.tundratalk.net/forums/t...ods/453962-5-7-liter-starter-replacement.html

    When you remove the 1st heatshield you will see a square nut welded to the manifold, that is the biggest headache, the bolt comes in from behind, took my unskilled impatient hands hours to remove it (not doing it in proper order probably made it worse). It is probably impossible to reinstall, mine fell into the frame anyways, so I did not reinstall. Too late I realized a reverse installed smaller nut and bolt would work in there, hold the smaller nut behind the manifold then screw the bolt in from the front. (might need washers)

    The starter will 'exit' out the side straight towards you with the engine lifted.

    This guy has a video on the dip stick removal, it was harder to reinstall than I expected, two people needed, one a spotter down below.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0Ue5bQ8pfM

    Two people, above and below, goes for most of this job.

    Good luck
     
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  30. Oct 13, 2019 at 3:49 PM
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    Well it wouldn’t have been on a tow truck if I’d had all the right tools and enough time to try it myself. As it was, with no rust at all, one of the bolts still snapped at the repair shop. Glad it wasn’t me.
     
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