Mazda Car 2005-06

Starter

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
    CAUTION
    Remove and install all parts when the engine is cold, otherwise they can cause severe burns or serious injury.


    CAUTION
    When the battery cables are connected, touching the vehicle body with starter terminal B will cause sparks. This can cause personal injury, fire, and damage to the electrical components. Make sure to always disconnect the negative battery cable before removing any electrical component.

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  3. Remove the battery cover.
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  5. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  7. Remove the left hand side cover.
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  9. Remove the under cover on models equipped with a manual transmission.
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  11. On models equipped with a manual transmission, remove the clutch release cylinder with the pipes still connected. Position the clutch release cylinder so that it is out of the way.
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  13. Remove the wiring from the starter, wiring harness bracket, starter bolts and the starter.

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    Fig. Exploded view of the starter mounting-MX-5 Miata

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To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal, tighten the starter bolts to38-51 Nm (29-37 ft. lbs.)
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2.3L (L3) Engine
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
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  3. Remove the battery cover and disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. Remove the under cover.
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  7. If equipped with a manual transaxle, remove the clutch release cylinder with the line still attached.
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  9. Remove the starter electrical connection.
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  11. Remove the starter bolts and the starter.
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To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten the starter bolts to 29-37 ft. lbs. (38-51 Nm).
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3.0L (Aj) Engine
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
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  3. Remove the battery and tray.
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  5. Disconnect the selector cable and bracket.
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  7. Remove the starter electrical connection.
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  9. Remove the starter bolts and the starter.
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To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten the starter bolts to 28-38 ft. lbs. (38-51 Nm).
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Mazdaspeed6
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
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  3. Remove the battery and tray.
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  5. Remove the air cleaner.
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  7. Remove the under cover.
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  9. Remove the oil filter and cooler component with the water hoses attached and set the assembly aside.
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  11. Remove the harness bracket.
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  13. Remove the heater pipe with the hoses attached and position aside.
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  15. Remove the starter electrical connection.
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  17. Remove the starter bolts and the starter.
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To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten the starter bolts to 29-37 ft. lbs. (38-51 Nm).
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Testing & Troubleshooting



  1. Verify that the battery is fully charged.
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  3. The starter is normal if it rotates smoothly and without any noise when the engine is cranked.
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  5. If the starter does not operate, inspect the following:
    1. Remove the starter, and inspect the starter unit.
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    3. Inspect the related wiring harnesses, the ignition switch, and the transaxle range switch).
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  7. Verify that the battery is fully charged.
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  9. Connect the starter, battery, and a tester as shown in the illustration.
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  11. Operate the starter and verify that it rotates smoothly.
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  13. If the starter does not rotate smoothly, inspect the starter unit.
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  15. Measure the voltage which should be 11 volts or current which should be 90 Amps while the starter is operating.If not within the specification, replace the starter.

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    Fig. Connect the starter, battery, and a tester as shown

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