There are many factors that may cause your vehicle not to work, but when you find it is due to a faulty starter (Main Symptoms for a Bad Starter Motor), you can replace the starter yourself with some common hand tools.
Here is how to replace a car starter:
- Disconnect the battery. When you are dealing with the electrical system, disconnecting the battery is a necessary step. You just need to remove the negative cable and don’t need to remove the positive cable on the battery.
- Remove other wires which are attached to the starter solenoid, and the positive battery cable from the starter.
- Remove the starter retaining bolts, and then remove the starter motor. Usually, most starters consist of 2 attaching bolts that hold the starter to the block. Please make sure to use the appropriate socket to remove the bolts, or you may damage them.
- Check and ensure the new electric starter motor will fit. Some replacement starters may seem different in appearance, but they have the same fit and function as the old part.
- Transfer the heat shield and brackets (if equipped) to the replacement starter.
- Check if the flywheel teeth get damaged, and mount the new starter. Remember the starter shim if applicable.
- Tighten (don’t over-tighten) the starter retaining bolts.
- Reconnect the battery and fire up the engine. Connect the battery/starter cable to the starter. If the solenoid is starter-mounted, reconnect any other wires to the starter solenoid in their original positions.
- Reconnect the battery.
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