Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: SouthEastern PA
I replaced my starter once. It wasn't too bad. I just put the front of the car up on jackstands and wriggled under in the driveway. It wasn't too hard to get to on my 89, but the new 96 downtubes might be troublesome.
By the way, it sounds to me like it could also be a low battery. Which could be caused by a bad starter draining the battery, but I would check the battery as well. The trouble is, if you test the starter in-car with the type of machine Advance Auto Parts has, a bad battery can throw off the reading. (Or so they say.) So, you might actually be best served taking the battery out and having them test it (since it's easier to get to) and then testing the starter once you know the battery is good.
My battery was just replaced this year under warranty, and it was acting similar to what you describe.
Owner, 1990 Thunderbird SC, white w/ gray cloth