Sorry for the typo. Its a 2000 galant.
Here are images showing how the starter is behind the exhaust and there really isn't any room to get it out.
April, 4, 2011 AT 4:19 PM
Sorry to see you are having problems.
Try to take off as little as possible without damaging anything. I actually owned a Galant . Yes not much room. Lots of twisting and turning to get it out but it will. Try not to get it wedged. Here are the directions from one of our manuals.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
NOTE: It may be necessary to disconnect transmission oil cooler lines, air cleaner, engine undercover and/or front actuator assembly for starter removal.
Removal & Installation
1. Disconnect negative battery cable. If necessary, raise vehicle on hoist. On Montero and Montero Sport, remove engine under cover and skid plate, if equipped. Remove right engine mount heat protector. Disconnect and label vacuum hoses from transfer case shift actuator. Remove pin from actuator operating rod and remove actuator.
2. On all models, remove starter mounting bolts and starter. To install, reverse removal procedures. On Montero and Montero Sport, ensure vacuum hoses to actuator are properly attached (Blue hose to outside surface; Yellow hose to bottom of unit, under operating rod bellows).
Please let us know if what the final fix was for your car so we can better assist others. Thanks!
April, 4, 2011 AT 4:27 PM
Also, it looks like you may have some recalls on your vehicle. The dealer may fix these for free. Please contact the dealer service department, give them the VIN number of your car and have them check on these to see if they apply to you.