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Thread: How do I replace a starter?

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    How do I replace a starter?

    I was wondering if anyone had any information on how to change out a starter? I'm going to be putting new one soon and was hoping for a bit of advice or anything I should watch out for.

    Also, I'm looking at buying a Haynes or Chilton manuel for my car, any recommendations?

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    Are you talking about the starter motor, if so then it is pretty straight forward. Just take the old one down and install the new one, takes like 15-30mins.

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    Just be sure to disconnect the battery negative cable first. There's a always hot cable running to the starter, you don't want to slip with a wrench and watch the sparks fly.

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    Ha, well that goes without saying Tbird!!! (at least I HOPE, lol)

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    is it easy to get to? Do I have to remove anything before I can pull it off?

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    Very easy. Its helps to remove the passenger side wheel. Be sure to support the car fully with a jackstand on that side; don't rely solely on a jack. Also unhook the neg batt cable and then on the starter, remove the spade connector, the nut holding the cable on, then the 2 bolts holding the starter to the engine and its off.

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