report by el jefe
not only about my infatuation with Porsche, my feral mannerisms, and my complete lack of any social graces with a preference for pissing outside like a dog rather than use the loo...she understands what it takes and what to expect when owning and driving a vintage Porsche.
this is why she took it in stride when the starter on the 968 began its death rattle.
not her...at least not yet.
you see, it didn't leave her stranded or late for an appointment, it merely started to suggest that it was about to pack its bags and maybe we should think of its replacement before it finally decides to. well, I listened and I took the prudent approach to replace it rather than hand my woman a hammer and a sheet of cardboard instructing her to go under and give it a good whack next time it complains.
thankfully, unlike our 911 that requires a good amount of booze and pills to execute just about any routine maintenance procedure, the starter on Dr. Fuhrmann's revenge line of models is very easy to replace.
then put her on jack stands, or ramps if you prefer. once she's propped up, you can mosey on under and begin the job. now there's two bolts but only one has a nut on the other end; the "nutless" bolt is on the driver's side, the one with the nut is on the passenger side. the latter is no problem, the former, though, would be much easier to access if you removed the 10mm nut that held the wiring loom holder in place. by removing that, you have plenty of room to swing your box end wrench...you have to remove the wiring loom holder anyway to swing the starter down completely.
once the bolts are off, you can pull the starter out. being that the car was on jack stands, I found it easier to rest the thing on a block of some sort to not strain the wiring by letting it dangle. now's about a good time to take a picture of how the wiring is "laid out." there's a specific way to route them so that they won't come in contact with the chassis or bell housing where it can eventually chafe...if you didn't like the way they were routed to begin with, you can figure out a better path when putting things back together.
this means that the nose of it fits into a bushing that is pressed into the bell housing itself...it will also explain why your starter came with a fluorescent tag attached to a small bronze bushing. do not throw this out because you may just need it if yours shows signs of wear or is somehow mangled. there's an image and a quote below and a link on how to remove this bushing.
"To remove the bush I removed the plate from the back of the housing(8mm spanner), wound an M12 second taper tap into the bush from the starter motor side and then lightly tapped on the end of the tap which was now protruding from the back of the bush.
If you don't have an M12 tap handy you can use a socket or strong wooden dowel from the back and tap that to knock out the bush.
I measured the bush at 11.7mm i.d. which didn't seem too bad and certainly not bad enough to have caused such a problem(the internal marks are from the M12 tap)."
quoted from: http://www.porsche968uk.co.uk/
lastly, before installation of the starter, I put a small dab of grease on the tip of the shaft that'll ride on the bushing...this'll keep this little relationship happy.
right, now you're ready to put it all back together again and enjoy not only the fact of saving yourself some cash, but knowing that this will not be one of the reasons that will leave you stranded.