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May 4, 2017

Nissan Skyline GT-R Starters

Two different RB26 starters. There are many part numbers that will work, and some that will not

"Click.  Click.  Turn the key again, click.  Come on, this thing just started. Why isn't it starting now?"

 Been there, done that, and recently we had an R32 GT-R that was reported as dead. Wouldn't start. So this is what we did.

  1. First thing is a quick look everything over. Make sure that there is a battery. Make sure the terminals are connected. Just a reality check. We have seen some odd things, and not checking the basics will bite you in the end.  Check for 12 volts. 
  2. Attempted to start the car. Lights on dash work. Nothing but click when key is turned.
  3. Next check out the battery terminals. We have seen loose positives and loose negatives cause this to happen. 
  4. If nothing was found, now comes the fun parts.  Jack up the car and check the connectors on the starter. If the small square wire comes off, then the solenoid won't engage. Check the terminal, make sure its not loose. 
  5. Next, find a decent extension and hammer, and give the starter/solenoid a couple good smacks.
  6. Go back inside the car, see if it cranks over.  If it does, you need a new starter. If it doesn't try it again just to see if you were too much of a girly man the first time to free up the solenoid. 
  7. Changing the starter on a GT-R is not a fun job.  Sorry.  The top 14 mm bolt, blocked by the solenoid can give you fits. 
  8. We normally use a stubby flex with a deep 14 mm socket. However depending on how stock the car is, there are other ways to get at it. 
  9. On the race car, with no Hicas, no OEM oil cooler, you can get at the top starter bolt from the top. Some people say they can reach the top starter bolt with a long extension going above the alternator. If you can do that with all the OEM parts in place, you should try your hand at brain surgery. 
OEM R32 GT-R Starter parts breakdown
OEM RB26 Starter Part number From FAST

23300-20P00 (Fits R32, will fit R33 and R34)
23300-20P01 (Fits R32, will fit R33, and R34)
23300-20P05 (Fits R33 and R34, will fit R32)
23300-AA300 (Fits Subaru and R34, so will fit R32 and R33, need to verify pictures look odd )

The OEM starters, are a RB26 only part, but here in the US, there is an alternative.  A few people suggested this Autozone 16203 starter. At around $40, it seemed like it was worth the try vs an OEM at a few hundred dollars.  So while the Solenoid is a little different spot, it does bolt up, and starts the car no problem. It sounds a little different, but it works just fine

 23300-00h10 - Forklift Starter

Two different OEM starters

Two OEM starters, one Autozone 16203 starter. 

OEM, OEM, Autozone 16203 starter
Wiring Diagram
How to test

Part Number:
With automatic transmission. Premium Reman
Housing Material:
Item Grade:
OEM Standard
Over-Crank Protection:
Package Contents:
Starter Unit, Installation Instructions, Technical Support Card
Pinion Gear Teeth:
Product Condition:
Rated Kilowatts (kW):
Rotatable Mounting Flange:
Starter Mounting Configuration:
Starter Rotation:
Starter Shims Included:
Starter Type:
DD (Direct Drive)
Vehicle System Voltage:

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Advanced Auto Parts Starter (I have not tried this starter)
         Carquest #16203S
Diameter:82 mm
Direct Drive:Yes
Drive Tooth Quantity:9
Horsepower Rating:1.0728 hp
Mounting Bolt(s) Included:No
Mounting Shims Included:No
Nose Cone Type:Closed
OE Manufacturer:Hitachi
Overall Length:222 mm
Solenoid Attached:Yes
Starter Type:Hitachi Direct Drive
Voltage:12 v
kW Rating:0.8 kw

Starter rebuild for RB26dett by JT

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Unknown said...

Are you still working on this post? Do you have any additional information to share? Are you recommending the Autozone starter?

Sean Morris said...

More information posted. A little more on the Autozone starter. Some more part numbers for OEM.