Starter problem & starter mounting bolts
Was hoping to finally replace my lift pump today, but ran into a slight problem..
I have to remove the starter, and the mounting bolts appear to have a strange head. Can someone here confirm that they are 10 MM / 12 point? I guess I have to buy a metric socket set anyway, just want to be sure first. ( I was hoping they were not metric. ). I have a 10 MM / 12 point wrench and it appears to fit, but not as snug as I would expect.
And speaking of starters......
I have had a few incidents over the last few months where the starter does not operate correctly. I can here the solonoid click, but it won't crank. I try cycling the gearshift and that usually does the trick. Then, the other day, The starter motor remained engaged AFTER the engine started..so I immediately shut it down. I panicked and purchased a new starter, but now I am not so sure that was wise. I am thinking that before I replace the starter, I should replace the starting relay and neutral safety switch since they are cheap...and the ignition switch since I suspect it is sticking..maybe even squirt some oil into it..Batteries are good and I cleaned the terminals after the first incident. What do you think?
And finally, let me lump one more subject in this post. I was going to do a 3000 mile oil change like a good CTD owner, but it is still clear and clean on the dipstick! I guess that means I won't have to worry about rings anytime soon. So I am going to check again every few weeks but as of right now an oil change doesn't seem to be necessary...unless someone here can convince me otherwise.