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How do you replace the starter in a 1998 Chevy Prism?


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2011-09-12 21:03:54
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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!

We removed the fans also. This gave extra room to get to the starter and was'NT much more work. Also we didnt remove the electrical connections until after we had the starter out completely, as we could'NT get to one of them from the underside. It all went fairly quickly with the above help. Thank you!!

Answeri have a 98 Chevy prizm and when my starter went i just took it to a repair shop and had them do it.

The info on the answer above is very accurate!! Have just the basic sockets and ratchets, I have a terrible time trying to reach the top bolt, even after removing the battery. My solution to this was removing the air intake(held in place by 3 bolts located inside the bottom half of the housing, directly under the air filter). I didnt take it all the way out, just got it unmounted and moved it back toward the firewall. After that, it was a piece of cake!

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