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Isuzu/Honda Passport/Isuzu Rodeo Starter Replace?


mks wrote at 2006-06-28 00:20:14
Better answer if you or a friend has any knowledge about mechanics this is an easy fix. I have a 1998 Honda Passport. The starter cost me $136.00 including tax. It took my brother about 30 minutes to install. Nothing had to be taken off to get to the starter.My savings was almost $250.00 because the repair shop quoted $383.00. Good luck!

This worked out great for me.

jmolnar wrote at 2007-05-25 15:22:05
I just replaced the starter on my 1995 Passport.  Actually my brother did most all of the work but I watched every step.  The auto shops wanted $550 to do it.  We did it for $68.  If you do it this way and not try other gimmicks it could take 2 hours. (not counting the four hours for the starter to be rebuilt) The starter is best located by looking directly under the engine by following the exhaust pipe to where it connects to the engine.  It cannot removed by lifting the engine block.  Removing the exhaust manifold will get it out, but that was not an option as it was rusted shut and would cost a lot to more to fix if you bust it open.

You need to disconnect the battery, then connections to the starter.

Take off the two bolts which connect the starter to the engine. (These are the toughest to take off). You then need to disassemble the starter into three different pieces.This is the only way to get it out.  Only then will it come out.  Careful! prings and bearings will fall out and keep track of them.  

The cheapest way is to bring the old starter into a rebuilder (If you are in the Twin Cities John's electric and auto in Rogers did it for $68 dollars)  With the rebuilt starter, keep it in three pieces, assembling it inside the area where you took it out, putting the solenoid on last (and taking it off first).

You will need some pretty heavy duty sprocket wrenches and a breaker bar to take off the bolts.

Good luck

George wrote at 2007-11-24 17:06:14
EXCELLENT! I'm having the exact same problem including the number of clicks to get it to roll over. As a Mechanical Engineering person who has replaced, like you, some many starters I have lost count, I commend your advice! Straight forward, no BS. And yes it probably would be better to have a pro do it, but most pros here abouts would want mega $$$ so those of us who can do it ourselves, do it ourselves. My 1995 Isuzu Rodeo has 280,000 Kms on it and still is better than any american junk out there. My wife has the same vehicle, only automatic with 125,000 Kms

Thanks again for your advice Derek.


mentalstormtrooper wrote at 2007-12-17 21:10:37
I had the same problem with my vehicle and a new starter did not fix it.  It turned out that it was the Ignition (where the key goes in).

Definitely a much easier part to replace, and cheaper too!

Kirk--St. Louis wrote at 2011-07-13 00:54:05
My 1997 Honda Passport is getting a new starter (I gave up for the day).  Talk about a pain in the @ss.  Of all the starters I've replaced, this one is the most difficult.  

First finding it was a pain after years of road grime making everything look the same, but it is "from the bottom looking up) near the drivers exhaust manifold kinda covered up by a piece of steel that's just a protector for some cabling.

Second you need a 14mm socket with a 8" extension and a 4" extension.  After removing the protective steel plate which is 10mm of course you can dig into the real business.

Third, I got the starter removed from the engine but you cannot get it out without removing more parts.  Like the others above stated, the exhaust manifold was going to be my first approach and still may be tomorrow.  As for what I can see I'll need to take off the oil pan to give myself room to work which also means I have to take off a ladder section of the frame (again 14m).  Personally removing the pan is something I do not want to do but I wouldn't mind scraping 14 years of oil sludge out of it either.  The frame section has me worried.  The piece I am referring to obviously holds the front end together some, so of course once I get it out will I be able to get it back in given the amount of strain on it.  And my favorite, will the front end split in half crushing me to death when I tap out the third bolt.

I will try and update tomorrow if I'm not dead.

BSGarageNBill wrote at 2013-01-29 23:23:20
K guys its really not so bad, you just need two half retarded mexicans and its a peice of cake lol anyway follow these instructions and you can avoid losing precious balls (bearings)

unbolt the left motor mount

jack the engine up

remove left brake line

remove starter thru opening in left wheel well

reinstall in  reverse order

some assembly required


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I am an avid off-road enthusiast who thoroughly enjoys working on my own Trooper. I have a 1991 Isuzu Trooper that I have built from the ground up, MY WAY! My Trooper has 7"s of lift and runs 35"x14"x15" Ground Hawg mud tires. I also have rebuilt the entire interior.


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