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How do you remove the starter on a Chevy Prizm?


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2009-05-18 19:43:21
2009-05-18 19:43:21

This is for a 1997+ model Chevrolet Prizm. First, disconnect your battery and remove it (negative lead first, positive second). This will come in handy later. Jack your vehicle up and mount it on jack stands. Now remove the two splash shields on the underside. Your starter will be mounted on the forward section of the engine, roughly centered. From the underside you should be able to remove the bottom mounting bolt and disconnect the two electrical connections (One is mounted on a threaded terminal post, the other is a molex-style connector). The top mounting bolt is a little tricker, but made markedly easier having earlier removed your battery. It is on the reverse side from the other mounting bolt and has quite a bit of clutter around it. A short, slim profile ratchet will come in very handy here (something I wish I'd had). After you have disconnected the leads and removed the two mounting bolts, you should be able to wiggle the starter out from the underside. Installation of the starter is the exact reverse of this procedure. Good luck! ---- A minor note in addition. It took my a couple hours to figure this out, but the top bolt on the starter is opposite the bottom bolt. Because of the exhaust system is directly on top of the starter, there is no possible way you can get at the top bolt IF it were going the same direction as the bottom bolt. This means the top bolt is inserted toward the passenger side of car, and the bottom bolt is inserted toward the driver side. The bottom bolt is about an inch shorter than the top bolt, do not mix them up after removal. I was easily able to remove the top bolt with a 1/2 socket and drive with about 12" of socket extensions, I also had greater torque using the larger wrench. The bottom bolt should be easily removed if you follow the first set of instructions. When installing the starter, I put the bottom bolt in first, leaving an eighth of an inch loose, I then wiggled the starter while inserting the top bolt with my 12" of drive extensions until it caught the threads. * ** *** **** ***** hand tighten bolts with hand or with socket extension until you are forced to use a wrench to tighten the rest of the way!!!************ I hope this clarifies it for all you do-it-yourselfers. mounting bolts are a metric14mm

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