02 WRX, starter goes nuts after clutch install
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This is a discussion on 02 WRX, starter goes nuts after clutch install within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; So I finally finished installing my new clutch and flywheel this weekend. I put everything back together, and connected the ...

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    02 WRX, starter goes nuts after clutch install

    So I finally finished installing my new clutch and flywheel this weekend. I put everything back together, and connected the battery...

    The negative terminal sparked a bunch, then I heard the starter begin to turn at a moderate constant rpm. I disconnected the battery, then repeated with the same results. WTF? The key is not in the ignition so I'm not sure why the starter would even have power to it.

    A couple things to note:
    1) I removed too many bolts when removing the starter, and accidentally disassembled the unit during my clutch install. I put it back together, but definitely could have damaged the internals or wiring during the process.
    2) Taking another look, the lower mounting bolt on the starter looks like it didn't go in all the way. I used a torque wrench to the specified torque. However, the unit is flush against the engine with no noticeable gaps.
    3) I also forgot to connect the small wire harness to the tab on the starter during the first power on. Realizing this, I went back in and connected, but the problem persists.

    Any help would be appreciated. Also, have people had success removing the starter from below, without removing the TMIC? I'd prefer to leave everything in tact at the moment, and get the starter tested at Autozone.

    Mike T

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    not to be tangential...but i need to change my clutch as well. how was the install? any major difficulties in removing anything?

    thanks!

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    It sounds almost like the solenoid is shorting. I don't know how this could be the case though.
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    I'm going to get the starter diagnosed today at Autozone. It looks like other people have had this similar problem before, and often times it was a shorted solenoid.

    Regarding the clutch install, I ran into a few problems. There are numerous writeups describing many of the issues in more detail. PM me if you have specific questions. My biggest issue working on my 02 wrx continues to be dealing with rusted and broken bolts (thanks Boston). I bought replacement set of steering knuckles, control arms, and caliper brackets due to excessive rust and broken bolts.

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    Remanufactured starter for $160 at Autozone with a returned core...car's up and running now.

    I'm getting way more boxer rumble with the F1 racing flywheel though. I'm guessing this is normal?

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