Starter removal/replacement

Tiny
JACKSONNELLA
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  • 2010 HYUNDAI SANTA FE
  • 2.4L
  • 4 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 127,350 MILES
Removed all of the mounting bolts and cannot remove the four tube air intake to get to the starter.
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Thursday, March 17th, 2022 AT 7:12 AM

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Tiny
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Hello,

Just looked at the repair instructions and according to Alldata, to remove the starter, you should not have to remove other components.

Would it be possible to upload a few pictures?

Take a look at the instructions below.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-a-starter-motor
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Thursday, March 17th, 2022 AT 1:11 PM
Tiny
JACKSONNELLA
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First, thanks Sean M for your quick response. The Hyundai repair manual for this 2010 Santa Fe with the 2.4L 4 cyl states the only way to replace the starter is through the top of the engine and it is absolutely necessary to remove the 4-tube air intake plenum. I know there is a way to take pictures and upload them, but I am not that computer savvy. The pics would show the oil filter housing and the 2 heavy-duty 1 1/4" diameter oil lines are not flexible, and they block all access to the starter unless I had the arms plus hands of a 5-year-old and then the starter would not be removable past the oil lines! A couple U-Tube videos on this repair make it appear this plenum removal is a simple thing which I can assure you while it is mounted in the engine compartment it is not an easy task which is why I ask for assistance. Is there an additional source besides Alldata? Thanks, Jacksonnella
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Friday, March 18th, 2022 AT 6:43 AM
Tiny
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Sorry for the late reply. Interestingly all the manuals are very short in the description for the starter replacement of this vehicle.

The two primary items that you will have to remove are the air intake system and the throttle body. It will be helpful to remove the battery as well. It will give you a little more room.
There are a couple of bolts at the bottom of the air tubing close to the firewall, kind of hidden, that will need to be removed to get the tubing out.
Then the throttle body will need to be removed.

Here is a helpful video that shows what it will look like after the removal. They also point out the bolts.

https://youtu.be/aNwtsSD6zos

If you still need to complete this task, I hope this helps.

Let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you.
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Saturday, March 19th, 2022 AT 7:56 PM

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