How to Replace a Starter

Below guide will teach you How to Replace a Starter . Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Combination Wrench Set
  • Socket Extension Set
  • Socket and Ratchet Set
  • 3/8 in. Drive Ratchet
  • 3/8 in. Drive Torque Wrench
  • Starter

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $323.63 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $530.88 parts and labor


  • Prop the engine hood up and look for the starter. Starter is usually connected to the transmission bell housing. In few cases you need to raise the vehicle to examine the starter.
  • Make sure that the vehicle is parked on a flat surface. Using the jack, raise the front of the vehicle. Chock the rear wheels.
  • Discard the negative battery cable from the terminal and cover the cable with a cloth or a towel.
  • Disconnect the electrical connectors from the starter. Mark the wires so that you can reconnect them at right place later.
  • Take the starter out by removing the bolts.
  • Match the new starter with the defective one and make certain that the new starter is exactly of the same type and size.
  • After removing the starter, examine the flywheel teeth. You need to have a flashlight to have a better idea about the flywheel teeth through the bell housing.
  • If the flywheel teeth are damaged then replace the flywheel teeth with new unit.
  • Position the new starter into the bell housing and secure it with bolts.
  • Reapply the electrical connections to the new starter and put the negative battery cable back onto the negative terminal.
  • Turn the engine on and see if new starter is operating properly or not.

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