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How To Replace a Honda K Series Starter the 'Easy' Way

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I’ve been asked about doing this video for a while now. Since the starter went out on my 2004 Honda Element, it made for a perfect opportunity to shoot this video. The K series engine was used in many Honda/Acura vehicles from 2001 to 2015ish. There are some late model K series Honda engines but they are different than their predecessors. So if you have a K series engine in your Honda/Acura vehicle during those years, and you need to replace your starter, this video is for you. The best place for answers to your automotive questions: http://www.ericthecarguy.com Check out the ETCG Blog for the latest info: https://www.ericthecarguy.com/blog Check out my ETCG1 channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ETCG1 Thanks for watching! Music: Me Llama by Jimmy Fontanez part of the YouTube free music library Discussion about this video: https://www.ericthecarguy.com/kunena/18-The-EricTheCarGuy-Video-Forum/70103-how-to-replace-a-honda-k-series-starter-the-easy-way Links Midtronics MDX-P300: https://www.jbtoolsales.com/midtronics-mdx-p300-12v-battery-and-electrical-system-tester-with-built-in-printer#oid=1002_1 Body Clip Removal Tool: https://www.jbtoolsales.com/gearwrench-41850-3-piece-body-clip-set#oid=1002_1 Hose Pliers: https://www.jbtoolsales.com/gearwrench-82107-3-piece-double-x-hose-pliers-set#oid=1002_1 Milwaukee 3/8” Drive: https://www.milwaukeetool.com/Products/Power-Tools/2557-20 The Starter I used: https://www.amazon.com/Premier-Gear-PG-17870-Professional-Starter/dp/B00KY0KXSU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1522523522&sr=8-1&keywords=2004+honda+element+starter Related Videos How To Diagnose a Bad Starter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKjdnQ0sHQc Battery Care and Maintenance Tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhnVZ7ZPunw&t=15s Honda Element & CRV Alternator Replacement With Diagnosis: https://youtu.be/Fb2ciFHkkeI No Crank, No Start, How To Check Battery Terminals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ze7pzrhRIs How To Check a Charging System: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuumBVz6WOM&t=7s How To Perform a Parasitic Draw Test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF1gijj03_0&t=4s How To Jump Start a Car: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8YD27xSNAo&t=5s No Crank, No Start Diagnosis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrqkhZmDnHQ&t=7s Honda Element/CRV 110K Service (Part 1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMplrMKIIoo&t=7s Honda Element/CRV 110K Service (Part 2): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gciwVamERn0 How To Reset Honda Element Maintenance Light: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRMax93CjzA Honda K Series Valve Adjustment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=959I0wF5NH8 Honda Element/CRV Thermostat Replacement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0vWv2Jwn3A&t=342s How To Change Power Steering Fluid Honda Element: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iev1xIr345Y Honda Element Front Stabilizer Link Replacement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYosZGby0-I Honda Element Lower Control Arm Bushing Replacement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpaIvEN57Jg Finding and Repairing Rear End Noise Honda Element: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRYfxRym-Kw Honda Element Hood Cable Replacement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDF9g9BKYCM **Answers to your automotive questions found here: http://www.ericthecarguy.com/faq Social Network Links Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EricTheCarGuy?fref=ts Twitter: https://twitter.com/EricTheCarGuy Google+: https://plus.google.com/100195180196698058780/posts Instagram: http://instagram.com/ericthecarguy Wanna see more stuff like this from ETCG? Information on Premium Membership: https://www.ericthecarguy.com/premium-content-streaming-etcg-content Stay Dirty ETCG Due to factors beyond the control of EricTheCarGuy, it cannot guarantee against unauthorized modifications of this information, or improper use of this information.  EricTheCarGuy assumes no liability for property damage or injury incurred as a result of any of the information contained in this video. EricTheCarGuy recommends safe practices when working with power tools, automotive lifts, lifting tools, jack stands, electrical equipment, blunt instruments, chemicals, lubricants, or any other tools or equipment seen or implied in this video.  Due to factors beyond the control of EricTheCarGuy, no information contained in this video shall create any express or implied warranty or guarantee of any particular result.  Any injury, damage or loss that may result from improper use of these tools, equipment, or the information contained in this video is the sole responsibility of the user and not EricTheCarGuy®.
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Steamy G (3 hours ago)
yes this was useful. My wife's 07 CR-V has the same engine. and i may have to do this someday.
The Stiver (1 day ago)
This may be the "fast" way to do it, but it seemed a lot harder than when I did this job removing the intake manifold. It's really not hard at all, a few electrical and vacuum connections, and you've got a ton of room and easy access to the starter. Going from the bottom is okay if you have a lift, but I would much rather not have to jack up the car, crawl around on the ground, get all dirty and greasy, all to save a few minutes.
UberDAHnooB (2 days ago)
Yo Eric, question for you. My gf is having starter issues. Last week her car wouldn't start until we whacked the starter motor a couple times. So you would think a bad starter, right? We replaced the starter and after a week it began giving her problems again. So either we bought a bad starter, or maybe it has something to do with the wiring going to the starter? What do you think?
Another1320Down (5 days ago)
Agree with your tactics however it is easier and faster to just remove the intake. Love your videos though keep it up.
P Sav (6 days ago)
Eric, glad to know someone else that talks to themselves or their particular project. I do it all the time. Please tell me, do you close your eyes sometimes when working blind ? It sometimes seems to help me (truly).
BBQ & BOLTS (6 days ago)
You know I just bought a $300 Honda Element the day you put this video up. And guess what it needs? A starter! I'll put up a video of me doing it based on your video WITHOUT the fancy tools or car lift. Real world cheap man fix and see how long it takes.
corollafrenzy (6 days ago)
Seems the same timeframe if you pulled the intake. It's all right there,.
BigBoysClimbOnBigRing (8 days ago)
In my 2010 Civic si I removed the front cross beam (next to the top of the radiator), and removed the starter from the top. Removing this beam also allows access to the thermostat and knock sensor.
Jairo Canales (8 days ago)
Fuck that I’ll just pull the manifold it’s super easy I can have the whole job done in 20 mins
Versatile337 (8 days ago)
This was fun to watch. I had to take the intake manifold off. Took a breaker bar to get that damn bolt you had trouble with off.
Thermalstorm (9 days ago)
Please Eric, no more elevator music! We want instrumental metal!!
literatesavant (9 days ago)
Damn, I wish this video had existed in 2012 when the started in my '03 Element died. I checked my Helm manual for the replacement procedure, but when I saw that it said to remove the intake manifold, I said, "Forget it," and paid the dealer $1k to do this job. I hated spending that much just to replace a part when I had already done the diagnosis, but I had a new baby and free time was very limited. Even so, I would have had to do this with the car on jack stands in my garage, and I don't have your nifty hose clamp pliers, an electric impact, or a nice big pry bar. I probably would have spent a lot of time cursing at things. My new Honda HR-V has an L-series motor, so maybe I will never need to know this now, but thanks for the great how-to anyway.
Zak6959 (9 days ago)
“You talking to me?”,LOL
gjonezy9 (9 days ago)
6:55 ...That's what he said.
chris land (9 days ago)
i always check my starter by amps not only volts, and on element always check the ground cable coming from the battery and goes to the block they corrode a lot and this is good for all hondas out there
scuba422123 (10 days ago)
hi eric I saw your channel from sma that gathering you had....its what you said....the biggest thing to me is helping someone out....that told me so much...iam a ase master tech on the job 30 years god time flies....was at chevy 20 now independent and the most important thing is... I truly live by... is fix it right then pay later nice to meet you eric dave
Emjr312 (11 days ago)
Eric the salsa guy
AlexPlusLEDS (11 days ago)
Removing the intake is not that hard. The only tricky thing is the lower support bolt, completely forgot to remove it when yanking the intake off. Easy enough to do in a parking lot, no need to get underneath the car.
lar4305 (11 days ago)
Eric those starters are easy, i can remove the intake and R&R the starter in 20min.
lar4305 (11 days ago)
Well your quicker then me lol
EricTheCarGuy (11 days ago)
Without filming, I can remove just the starter in just under 20min.
Craig W (13 days ago)
EricTheSalsaGuy? love it cocktails for everyone, no I'm not a alcoholic!
CraftGaming97 (13 days ago)
Name one mechanic that doesn’t speak to oneself Eric. I sure as hell do and get into arguments with oneself.
chad harmon (13 days ago)
Didn't like the flamingo music 🎶 but otherwise great video
TandemOcean (13 days ago)
yo eric youre my car guru, i got a foxbody that the crankshaft is stripped, should i tap it or can i just replace crank and bearings
Алексей З (13 days ago)
Maximus Lopez (13 days ago)
Hi I have a Volvo s60 t5 automatic and the engine vibrates up to 850 rpm then the vibration disappear. I have scanned the car and performed oil change filter ETM and spark plugs, . but the vibration remain. Forgot to mention the vibration persists, even though neutral P or drive. vibration feels all over the car. HELP
Andrew Thompson (13 days ago)
Great video but you missed out the most important step "the logical deducution as to why you needed a new starter" . I have seen far too many starters replaced only to find it's not the starter at fault at all.
Andrew Thompson (13 days ago)
EricTheCarGuy sorry to offend. It kept me awake last night wondering what was actually wrong with it. I know you would have done a proper job of diagnosing it. I have to say you have taught me a huge amount about how to repair cars. Thanks
EricTheCarGuy (13 days ago)
Did you watch the beginning of the video? Did you check the link to the starter diagnosis video I mention that was linked in the description?
aqib2000 (13 days ago)
First thing to do when seeing an Eric video is to down vote. Standard protocol
J Rod (9 days ago)
What a douche. +1 for etcg
EricTheCarGuy (13 days ago)
If you don't mind me asking, why is that?
guitarstitch (14 days ago)
Having done two starters on two different Elements, I can say with some level of confidence that it's a hell of a lot easier to do with the manifold removal if you do not have access to a lift. Both of the starters I replaced failed in the same way: stator magnet glue failed. Additionally, Harbor Freight sells an awesome pin puller which I found after seeing a similar tool in one of your headlight videos. Worth every penny.
guitarstitch (13 days ago)
It's ok, my friend. We all have off days. No harm, no foul. You were professional about it, even when frustrated, and that says a lot about your character and stature. I can understand how hashing the same points, changing positions to what seems like the popular call, then hashing out your counterpoints can get really exhausting. Hope things clear up soon for you. Looking forward to your next excellent video. :)
EricTheCarGuy (13 days ago)
I'm sorry. Bad day and a headache. I never get headaches so when I do, my fuse is pretty short. Please accept my apology. You're right, and your point is well made. Working on a lift is not the same as working on the ground. Personally I believed I was offering good advice by suggesting getting the starter from underneath was an easier option. For me and my lift, that might be true, but for others that don't have that luxury, perhaps not so much. My logic was that if you just remove the starter and not the starter and intake, you're doing less work. Thank you for the clarity and once again sorry for going off on you. Your's is just what seems like the 100th comment about the lift, and in my current state, I was not able to let it go. Sorry.
guitarstitch (13 days ago)
First attempt at responding failed. :-/ Second attempt: Eric, I don't resent the lift and I didn't intend to imply that the method you used was wrong by any means. I apologize if that's the impression I gave. As I have stated both here and on Patreon, you bring a breadth of experience as a service professional that I don't have as a home gamer, hobbyist, and fallback resource for friends and family. That said, there are different mechanics involved that make this particular job with this particular method much easier on a lift as opposed to up on jack stands. One of the biggest issues I had trying to work from underneath was the inability to bend my arms at the right places to work around obstacles. Another consideration is the length of breaker bar that you can use on a lift. I probably should have qualified my original comment with the fact that my situation, body design, and working environment made it harder for me to work from underneath. Pulling the manifold was a very simple process that allowed me to see what I was doing. Had this video existed before I dug in blindly, I may not have had to go from the top side. If I find myself in the situation again, I will try from underneath to see if knowing the "lay of the land" makes any difference. Thanks for another quality video. Sorry I got your hackles up, my friend.
EricTheCarGuy (13 days ago)
I'm a little upset people keep bringing up the lift in the comments. Back before I had a lift, every other comment to my videos was, "Eric! You need a lift!" In fact, I had to start a forum thread explaining my reasons for not pursuing one.  https://www.ericthecarguy.com/kunena/2-General-Discussion/44106-why-ericthecarguy-didn-t-have-a-lift Now, nothing but resentment. That said, you can do the entire thing lying on your back on the ground without a lift. Just because I don't do it the way you do, doesn't mean that I'm doing it wrong, it just means I do things differently. If I did things the way everyone else did, I'd be making comments to someone else's videos, instead of responding to comments on my own channel.
Alec Minnick (14 days ago)
Love it, Eric! A classic repair video, and I love the musical flair too!
Sunset Originals (14 days ago)
I love it!!! Look With Your Eyes and NOT With Your Hands!!! LMFAO!!
Tim Otheus (14 days ago)
You can get the radio code by calling Honda of America with your VIN. Ask me how I know...
Joe Laplnski (14 days ago)
Hated that job. Did it in early November without a lift, my right hand still has battle scars from rubbing against metal. Saved my friend a ton of money, ah the things we do for down at out friends.
Eric Ebelherr (14 days ago)
Hey Eric! Sounds like Cuba Music!! Cool Song!! :D :) Keep up the Videos!! :)
geoffrwelsh (15 days ago)
you are sick Eric, if you think underneath is easier. Once the closest part house finally started stocking the intake seals we never attempted that nearly impossible approach again.
EricTheCarGuy (12 days ago)
Sorry, was having a bad day and a headache. I never get headaches. However, you did start out by saying I was "sick" for doing it the way I was. I think it's understandable that I would bristle if you lead in with that. BTW, I was using a flex ratchet.
geoffrwelsh (13 days ago)
Wow, sorry princess, didn't realize you couldn't take honest criticism. Kinda obvious to the whole web who's insecure now. BTW, you're reading comprehension is awful. I was quite clear we USED TO do it that way, before we wised up. When all the DIY folks can't get the top bolt loose, because they're ratchet flexes, and they can't catch another tooth, they'll be happy I mentioned pulling the intake being the east way. Work smarter not harder folks. Have a great day!
EricTheCarGuy (13 days ago)
If it was impossible, how come I was able to do it? Just because you do it differently that doesn't mean that my way is wrong. It just means you're too insecure to accept that other people do things differently than you do.
Vince Phan (15 days ago)
This is easy compared to a 2008 Honda Civic starter, that was the worst starter job i've ever done. Stupid design.
Review Gadgets (15 days ago)
Why didn’t you just take off the intake manifold
Walter Hubicki (15 days ago)
More repair vids please. Yes, we do like to watch you struggle. Makes you seem human and that we are not alone in our frustration. Thanks Eric
Travis Dunn (15 days ago)
I appreciate that honda takes some thought into repairs in thr design of their cars. Ive seen many GM vehicles that put parts in the worst places when it didnt need to be.
Smitty Smithsonite (15 days ago)
Is Honda joining the "idiotic engineering club" now? Why was that bolt a mile long outside of the block?? Is it unreachable without it being that long? My Honda experience outside of motorcycles is nil.
Muffin Racing (15 days ago)
6:38 that's one way to give a Honda torque
I always love watching other people struggle with those K series starters. Over my 12 years of being a Honda/Acura tech and doing these starters about twice a week, I will tell you that I hate struggling. It takes less time move the intake out of the way than to struggle with those two bastard bolts. I’ve even had long half inch fine tooth ratchets to break those bolts loose. You were lucky they actually cracked that easy. Good video Eric!
Heriberto Gomez (16 days ago)
Puerto Rican Rhythm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh-r9HBNBHg
Adnan ad (16 days ago)
'Easy' Way you just need a lift
Jonathan Davis (16 days ago)
What's with the clear lenses? 😃
juggernautxtr (16 days ago)
Farking pain in the ass starter to replace either way.
Simon Sanchez (16 days ago)
Welcome back Eric. Your videos helped me a lot on my 98 gmc jimmy. So you can imagine how far back I been following you. Although I had to work in pouring rain at 3 in the am most of the time. Your videos helped me get back to work the next day. Been following you for a while now. Glad to see your back.
jtl909 (16 days ago)
Looks like the original Mitsuba starter. Wish they were all built that tough!
Jazzy Jas (16 days ago)
Honda engines look a lot more complicated than toyota engines
Joshua Carnine (16 days ago)
Honda, always needs work
Michael DeSanta (16 days ago)
What was the purpose of the oil on the bolt?
jordan lopes (16 days ago)
Stay dirty..but keep safe:)
Vlad2 (16 days ago)
So.. wouldn't oiling the bolts just make it easier for them to back out? Just a question I have always had with oiling bolts.
Vlad2 (14 days ago)
thanks! I am in Pgh, so yea, I know corrosion...
EricTheCarGuy (16 days ago)
No, it helps with installation in vehicles that have a lot of corrosion like mine does.
Roger Anthony (17 days ago)
I always remove the intake manifold. I find it takes less time to remove 6 or 7 easily visible bolts than it does to remove the splash shield, and remove almost all bolts blindly. Plus I have T-Rex arms.... 😂
Bruce Wagenberg (17 days ago)
So that tester is measuring the starter's current draw, or voltage drop as it starts. What is the math that defines a pass/fail? Thank you for all the work that makes a terrific, educational video. (Just noticed, ChrisFix released a replacing starter video at the same time! Much easier location.)
M G (17 days ago)
Thanks for this ! I'll have to check out the wife's '07 Accord. I changed the starter a while back (can't remember what brand) for the slow crank / no start at times. After watching videos I did it via the intake removal. Ours has some black plastic tank bolted on the rear side of the intake manifold that wasn't in any video I found, had to remove it to get to the starter. Anyway, it's acting up now, not engaging all the time, just free spinning on start attempts so I assume it's going to fail soon. A lift would be nice, but even so, I'll have to see if the Accord front end offers the same access as your Element.
Joseph Murray (17 days ago)
Yeeeayyyy! A repair video! After all these years of watching you wrench here and there on your Element I had no idea that vehicle had suicide doors untill recently I was in the market for one, saw a 2006 with 166k and they wanted $6k for it. Unfortunately someone bought it before I could scrounge up the cash.
hygtfrde vgdsehy (17 days ago)
Isn't this the guy that was in adventures in babysitting
P Schmied (17 days ago)
Question: how easy is it to do it this way with a car on jackstands instead of on a lift?
EricTheCarGuy (16 days ago)
You can do the entire job lying down.
P Schmied (17 days ago)
On newer Hondas (post 2000) the radio code is usually on a sticker on the side of the glovebox. You can't see it unless you drop the box as if to change the cabin filter.
EricTheCarGuy (16 days ago)
Not entirely true. When a new Honda comes to the dealership there is a plastic card with 2 stickers in with the owners manual. These are the radio code stickers. One is placed on the card, the other can be placed somewhere on the vehicle. This is up to the dealership and the tech doing the PDI or Pre Delivery Inspection. Sometimes they are placed on the glovebox, sometimes under the hood, sometimes on the coin tray, or I've even seen some in the trunk.
Mikey Mike (17 days ago)
Did Eric just get all Puerto Rican on us?
ryzo mcgregor (17 days ago)
The old K series engine used in everything from Honda's, Rover in the UK, and I think Lotus had it in the Elise.
kennedy796 (17 days ago)
Eric, im looking for some advice. I have a 2001 accord with the f23 and a manual. Any tips to make these cars last?
121bham (17 days ago)
I don't have a Honda and I'll probably never work on one but I like watching that sort of stuff whilst I'm eating. Its quite soothing.
andrakis2 (17 days ago)
Is it a trick of your light or is your a/c compressor leaking?
EricTheCarGuy (17 days ago)
Not leaking, it's brand new.
Mike E (17 days ago)
Thanks Eric
Kyle Humphreys (17 days ago)
Really enjoyed this video, Eric. Thanks!
seton sieracki (17 days ago)
Thanks for this video!
Bowtie Performance (17 days ago)
Loving the new music
John Davis (17 days ago)
So I love my 93 jeep, problem is some times the starter gets gummed up with road gunk, and in the past all i needed to make the starter work was just spray non-chlorinated break clean in and let it air dry ( usually over several hours ) sprayed in a plastic container since it is toxic and i didn't want rain water to wash it down the street. My question is, what would be a better solution? I used brake cleaner, and the OEM starter is still with the motor 300k in, but my brothers jeep had problems, think i had to replace it twice in a year.
Ryan Davis (17 days ago)
06&up SI has far less real estate i remove manifold
Ryan Davis (17 days ago)
3.36 pb blaster the exposed end of the 10x125 starter/case bolt
Joe's Garage (17 days ago)
This is the Ericthecarguy "how to" we haven't seen in a while. I loved the Fairmont build, dont get me wrong, but I'm glad to see these again too. Keep up the great work, sir!
Joe's Garage (17 days ago)
EricTheCarGuy you're probably right. Even when I go to my subscriptions page I dont see the latest videos in chronological order.
EricTheCarGuy (17 days ago)
I've been posting these videos since last December. I haven't posted a Fairmont video in that time either. Yet, I keep seeing comments like yours which makes me think that YT is not notifying you of my latest videos. Shame. I used to really like working here. Now it just sucks.
Cameron Lloyd (17 days ago)
The midtronics batt tester is awesome. We have the same as yours and the updated version also ..
Cameron Lloyd (17 days ago)
If only it was that easy on my supercharged dc5. Lol
Jake Browne (17 days ago)
Whats your reasoning behind not taking the intake loose from the head ive done it this way many times and find it much easier i can do it on-site with no jack in under 30 minutes total without alot of special things needed just basic wrenchs and socket set plus it gives me alot more leverage room on that long hidden bolt not at all knocking your method i just watched you go through alot of effort that i have found ways around
Jake Browne (16 days ago)
EricTheCarGuy if its easy for you thsts all that matters
EricTheCarGuy (16 days ago)
Everybody has a way. There is no right or wrong. I prefer to just remove the starter and not mess with the intake.
Jake Browne (17 days ago)
EricTheCarGuy the intake comes off in 5 minutes no coolant loss reusable gaskets and give you a ton of room for stubborn connections i know is hard to get until you do it just like the first 3v ford cab off i did everybody laughed until i had the engine swapped in under 8 hrs on a 22hr flag
EricTheCarGuy (17 days ago)
I'm not knocking your method either. I just can't wrap my mind around how removing the intake and starter is easier than just removing the starter.
Drew (17 days ago)
A long bolt! Engineers did something right for once!!!! It's a "New Starter Day" miracle!!!
Bretter Shoalar (3 days ago)
Drew I wish they'd made this choice on the D16ZC engine. The upper 14mm bolt from the starter was not that easy to reach as well.
pochoun33137 (17 days ago)
My god... the Honda V6 J-series engines are super easy to work on in this regard. It only takes about 1/10th the time & effort.
Justin Collier (17 days ago)
ALOHAbyCHOICE _808 (17 days ago)
You should do it without a lift
EricTheCarGuy (17 days ago)
Its funny you say that. https://www.ericthecarguy.com/kunena/2-General-Discussion/44106-why-ericthecarguy-didn-t-have-a-lift?limitstart=0
Chris Kaye (17 days ago)
Ah, the life of an auto-tech, you need to have fingertip eyeballs, the abilities of a contortionist and the patience of a saint... plus a little good conversation with yourself (aside from excessive cursing when things don’t go to plan)...!
Casey Stoner (17 days ago)
Harry the Honda is fixed. Another great video thank you Eric.
M W S (17 days ago)
No Dielectric grease on the electrical connections?
EricTheCarGuy (17 days ago)
Not necessary. They're both sealed.
Casey Stoner (17 days ago)
Holey smoke, I don't want to see the "hard way"
M W S (17 days ago)
Thanks! I have a 2004 crv but my intake manifold is made of plastic. But I soon believe my starter may need replacement. Most of the videos I've seen required removing quite a bit components including the air intake manifold. I swear I would give my eyeteeth for a lift.
EricTheCarGuy (17 days ago)
A lift is helpful, but a with a jack and jack stands you can do this from underneath just fine. In fact, you can do the whole thing lying down.
Politically Incorrect (17 days ago)
Have that same M12 ratchet love it to run bolts in tighter spaces
ethan starnes (17 days ago)
Oooohhh yeah shits easy when you got a lift... Rsx bro ,I either pay 75$ to rollback it a mile to the repair shop down the road,or take the intake manifold off... Lift isnt and option.
EricTheCarGuy (17 days ago)
You don't need a lift. A jack and jack stands works just fine. You can do the whole job in comfort while lying on your back.  BTW, before I got a lift, everyone said I needed a lift. I heard about it every other day. I even started a forum thread about why I didn't have one. Now people like you make snide, resentful comments about me having a lift. People are funny.
Mad Sexy 45acp (17 days ago)
Eric all I can say after joining you back when you had that old small shop/garage is I still love the channel and love the Fairmont ride / build . Thanks for bringing me along and looking forward to a lot more good content.
EricTheCarGuy (17 days ago)
Thank you!
kingoftaurus (17 days ago)
I call it the Hellen Keller
Mason Clark (17 days ago)
I wish I could've used this about 9 months ago....
Mob with Guns (18 days ago)
It's the same exact layout and process on my 2008 cr-v. Original one failed after 111k miles in florida weather. I also had to remove the knock sensor with a 1-1/16 wrench to get clearance with the 14mm bolt
LrdnBeast (18 days ago)
05 Accord and for me the 17mm was truly a pain. Changing it in a parking lot from above. Without a fine tooth ratchet. Ended up using a swivel and extension. Nice to hear others had no problems.
Hector A (18 days ago)
Sneaky sneaky
muasboy (18 days ago)
02-05 civic si has a tight engine bay. I had to remove the intake manifold to get to the starter Ur my fav
Nana Sama (18 days ago)
I found taking out the knock sensor can help people struggling to get the top 14mm or sliding the starter out. A 27 mm wrench usually works to loosen the sensor. This also helps prevent damaging the sensor as its made of cheese grade plastic.
DaBossk (18 days ago)
I just bought a 2003 element for $500 with a leaking power steering rack :s
sienile (18 days ago)
FYI, Honda has a website for getting the radio code. You just have to fill out a form with your VIN and personal info. It's usually in the first 5 Google results for "Honda radio code".
new dad (18 days ago)
What a timely video! My reman Denso starter came in 2 days ago and I will change it out on my '05 Element tomorrow. Saw this trick done on other videos and wondered why you havent made a video yet...... you rock!
Greg Anagnostopoulos (18 days ago)
Great video Eric, but why do you always put oil on the fasteners?
EricTheCarGuy (17 days ago)
Often times, yes. Makes them go in much easier. Especially if they're corroded.
dk4life100 (18 days ago)
*i love watching your videos even if I already know how to do something, but my question is im assuming when you were diagnosing that squeak noise you sprayed the serpentine belt with silicon spray, and determined it wasnt the belt or you spun the pulley with a air tool? (asking for personal knowledge as a mechainic/ thats what i do) *
EricTheCarGuy (17 days ago)
No. I used my stethoscope to listen to the different components on the engine and found the most noise from the tensioner.
Abunai One (18 days ago)
Thank goodness I don't own an Element because I can't imagine doing that laying on my back. BTW, I was a mechanic on B-52s and it had 10 hydraulic packs throughout the plane. Some were mounted such that reaching the top most bolt was impossible without the use of a homemade "pump" wrench which consisted of a cut off box end wrench that was ground down to be as small as possible and riveted to the end of a long steel rod. Sure wish I had a lift.
EricTheCarGuy (17 days ago)
That is bad ass. A lift is great, but I don't mind lying on the ground when I have to.

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