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Okay, so I manually turned the engine and it worked! We did a process of deduction and the starter is bad. Darn thing didn't even start with the old-fashion spark with a screwdriver effect.

I got to partially removing the old starter and the stupid thing fell apart. I've got a couple pesky bolts to remove and the new starter can go in. I couldn't continue because this prolonged winter weather made it very difficult to work outside.

I really want to see if this engine starts before thinking of buying another engine. The current engine has only 64,000 miles. I'll probably work on it tomorrow and see if the starter was all that's wrong.

It is not so much the straights that matter, but rather the thrill of the curvy roads with the car you know can hang.
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I have a rebuild 5sfe just needs a new head :/ its just sitting there :/


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Have you searched eBay for a decent priced one?

Worst comes to worst, I may end up buying a 3S-GTE or try the 4A-GZE here

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Well since i. Have the 3sgte i dont need it no more


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Yep, I was assuming your buddy's statement that it wouldn't turn over by hand was correct.


If it does turn over by hand, definitely throw a starter in it and turn the key!

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I will when I get the chance. Freaking weather here in Jersey is so bipolar. Yesterday it was arctic cold and today it's heavy rain. The car's outside so that's not gonna happen until the rain lets off

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Great post !
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Do you think 3SFE JDM engine is better than 5S FE ?
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Not really, to be honest. You're better off wih the 3S-GE or 3S-GTE.

As for updates: darn starter bolts are stuck on there like welds. It's hindered my process in getting this car started. I am in the process of getting another 5th gen for parts. It has the fenders I needed as well as the hood!

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@Celi: Those bolts can be tricky. Breaker bar time and penetrating oil other then wd-40 lol.
@james: The JDM 3sfe is actually better then the state side 5sfe. Roughly the same power, better fuel economy. That's why when we got the 5sfe here Japan got the 3sfe in their vehicles.

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