Re: 03 CRV Need advice on replacing starter
I found it way too difficult to remove from the bottom alone. 2nd Gen CRV 230 K.
Disconnect the negative battery lead.
I removed the splash guard, (found some Ford/GM Body fasteners at OíReilly to replace the ones I that broke)
Removed the Knock sensor connection, the tab holding the wire harness below the starter and the harness tie to the plenum bottom.
Removed the 17 MM Starter bottom bolt.
Went top side.
Remove the shield over the fuel system.
Pulled the air box top off, set aside.
Removed the large air intake hose from the air box to the throttle body, vacuum hose at the fuel rail end and electrical connector. Set aside.
Removed the 4 12 mm bolts attaching the throttle body, the electrical connections, two coolant hoses (these will need to be plugged if you donít want coolant all over the floor. The vertical one will flow pretty good, the horizontal one will leak if turned down. I plugged them both with bolts.) Leave the throttle cables attached and set the throttle body aside on the air box.
Remove the small vacuum hose from the diaphragm to the valve left side of the plenum. I also removed the bracket to have access to the 12 mm plenum bolt on left.
Remove the 3-12 mm bolts and 2-12 mm nuts holding the plenum to the intake runners.
Slide the Plenum off the studs and slide over to the right as far as you can (some manipulation required, to be safe cover the intake runners with a cloth to prevent dropping anything into the heads), I wrapped a bungee around the plenum left side and hooked it to the hood bumper and the right side to secure the plenum out of the way.
You now have access to the top of the starter, the top bolt is a 14 mm, had no problem removing it and lower the starter out the bottom.
Remove the positive power lead from the top, 14 mm, un plug the switch lead.
Installing the new starter (reman from OíReilly $207, $16 core with 230k miles I was not going to spend any more than that, New starters from Honda are over $600, must have gold plating somewhere)
Reconnect the wires to the starter
Inserted the upper 14 mm bolt in the starter and positioned it in place from below, then started the 17 mm until it was holding the starter in place. Moved top side and threaded the 14 mm in snug then verified the starter was in straight. Torqued the 17 mm to 47 Ft/lbs. and the 14 to 33 Ft/Lbs. All is good.
Reassembled the plenum bolts (torqued at 192 In/Lbs.), throttle body and connections. Donít forget the connection to the Manuf. Idle controller at the bottom of the throttle body. It can be done after the throttle body is installed.