Starters and Ignition Systems

Ignition systems are found in all complex engines. They are attached to a power source that provides both the power to the system and to the starters in order to turn on the engine.

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Starters and Ignition Systems
Ford F-150

How do you test an ignition coil?

How to test an ignition coil

This testing procedure is valid for just about any automotive coil. Using an ohmmeter, check the resistance between the side terminals of the coil. Do this with all of the wires to the coil disconnected.

You should see 0.75 to 0.81 ohm of resistance. Then check the resistance between either side terminal and the center high tension terminal. The reading should be 10,000 to 11,000 ohms. Any significant deviation from these numbers would indicate that the coil could be defective.

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You can also rest an ignition coil by using a volt meter.There should be a little over 12 volts pulse, or a dip and peak in the meter needle, rather than a steady 12 volts, at the output, while cranking the engine.

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Be careful about these answers. My voltmeter has a 9 volt battery installed. An ignition coil can produce 20 kV - that is twenty thousand volts! - at 100 mW, now that would bother me a bit.

So now, how can we check this coil safely? Well, start by shorting the output (the high tension terminal) and check the primary winding for continuity. On a normal meter 0.75 ohms might be very hard to read but, if you use a 1.5 flashlight bulb and battery in series with it, if the bulb lights, the primary winding is probably ok. (Unless its insulation has got fried by a fault called a "shorted turn", in which case the flashlight bulb will still light up but the ignition coil still won't work...)

The secondary, high tension, winding of the coil can be checked by shorting it with a high resistance load having a tap to form a 1000:1 split ratio, so you can use your meter to check for an output voltage of around 20 volts when a small 1.25 volt battery is connected and disconnected to the primary.

The actual output voltage should let you work out the turns ratio between primary and secondary of the coil. maybe Note: to see the output voltage for a longer time, add a diode and capacitor onto voltage divider tap.
I need to know how to check a coil on a Honda accord 94

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Car Starting Problems
Starters and Ignition Systems
Car Stalling Problems

Which fuse protects the starter motor?

Don't know

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Lexus RX
Starters and Ignition Systems

What is the average lifespan of a car starter?

There is no true average. Conditions that can effect the life span include weather, climate and care of the vehicle and make/model. Most of the ones I've replaced were in the 10yr-15yr life span. I've noticed fords are more frequent due to how the starter engages(with their moveable field magnet design).

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Starters and Ignition Systems
Ford Taurus
Mercury Sable

Where to find and how to replace the starter on a Taurus - Sable?

What does a starter cost? 1998 DOHC: Autozone has two offerings: $135 for a re-manufactured unit and $155 for brand new

What about the starter solenoid? The starter solenoid is integrated into the body of the starter, and cannot be replaced separately. You will need to replace the entire starter assembly.

New Answer It is simple to replace. They are located at the front of engine.

  • Disconnect Negative Battery cable first,
  • raise vehicle and support vehicle,
  • remove the electrical wires from starter,
  • remove mounting bolts (2 or 3) and remove starter.
I know this because I used to work on them. Answer Remove - battery cable

Raise and support vehicle

Disconnect wiring harness at top of starter

Remove starter mounting bolts

Remove starter Where to find the starter the easiest way to find the starter on any vehicle is to follow the wire directly from the battery down to the starter, it may go from the battery to a junction post used for jump-starting, but it will go from there to the starter because you need a direct flow of current from the battery to turn the starter over. Starters are typically found at the front - bottom of the engine.

Note that the front end of the starter inserts into the place where the transmission and engine join up, so look in the middle section At the end of the rad battery cable coming off the battery. Answer Disconnect Battery First It's simple. 2 bolts, two wires. Raise the front of the car, put jackstands underneath. Crawl under the front, look up, there is the starter. Remove the two wires, note their positions, one is big, the other is small. Remove the two bolts, remove the starter, be careful not to let it drop on your head, it might hurt. Replace the install the two bolts, install the two wires(they will only go on one way). Lower the car, reconnect the battery, and Voila! 30 minutes later, you are done! Go get an ice cream or a soda, you deserve a reward! Remove one post from battery then wire connections from starter. Remove mounting bolts and remove starter. Towards the front of the car about a foot back from the radiator bolted to the engine/trans.; it is accessible from underneath.

Sable Starter The starter on a 96 Sable with a 3.0 litre is at the front of the engine (looking down on the engine compartment with the hood open standing at the front of the car) where th engine and transaxle bolt together.To lay down under the bumper and looking up is the best way to view. Answer It's simple. 2 bolts, two wires. Raise the front of the car, put jackstands underneath. Crawl under the front, look up, there is the starter. Remove the two wires, note their positions, one is big, the other is small. Remove the two bolts, remove the starter, be careful not to let it drop on your head, it might hurt. Replace the install the two bolts, install the two wires(they will only go on one way). Lower the car, reconnect the battery, and Voila! 30 minutes later, you are done! Go get an ice cream or a soda, you deserve a reward! Answer Disconnect the battery, raise the front end and crawl under the car. The starter is bolted to the transmission bellhousing, and will be held on with either 2 or 3 bolts. There will be two wires going to the starter, one held on with a 13mm nut, the other held on with either an 8mm or a 10mm nut, or it may have a small spade type connector. There will also be a ground wire attached to one of the starter bolts with a nut. Disconnect the two wires and the ground wire, unbolt the starer, and replace. It is noyt difficult, and it will probably take you about 30 mins to do, once you figure our what tools you need, which you should be able to do everything with a basic socket set, as long as you have some deep well sockets. Answer It's simple. 2 bolts, two wires. Raise the front of the car, put jackstands underneath. Crawl under the front, look up, there is the starter. Remove the two wires, note their positions, one is big, the other is small. Remove the two bolts, remove the starter, be careful not to let it drop on your head, it might hurt. Replace the starter, install the two bolts, install the two wires(they will only go on one way). Lower the car, reconnect the battery, and Voila! 30 minutes later, you are done! Go get an ice cream or a soda, you deserve a reward! Answer The solenoid is part of the starter. Replace the entire starter. It is located next to the oil filter at the front of the motor. Follow the positive battery cable; it will first lead to the starter solenoid and then continue to the starter.

Disconnect the - battery cable Raise and support vehicle Remove wiring from top of starter Remove starter mounting bolts Remove starter

Answer - 1992 remove + battery cable remove starter, I used a 3 foot extension to get to the one nasty bolt in back, put just in front of the left front tire..sometimes it pays not to get too close to your work!! Its not hard, but access to bolts are terrible. It look simple till you try and get a socket or wrench on the nut/bolt!! install new starter, hookup wires at starter, then battery+. crank, crank, zoom,zoom [with the 3.8] Inspect for damaged wiring in the harness for the starter. Sharp corners can cut..

Depends what year is it, on a 1998 it's at the bottom by the oil pan and there are three bolts

The starter is located just underneath the oil filter.

This is a fairly simple repair. You will need a socket set (you can do it with wrenches if you have to, but sockets make it much easier) and a jack.

1. Disconnect the negative terminal from the battery.

2. The starter is located directly below the oil filter. It is held on by two bolts which are to the right of the oil filter. One is easiest reached from the top of the car and the other from the bottom. If you have trouble locating the bolts, just take a look at your new starter to determine where the bolts are located. The bolts screw in from the driver's side of the car.

3. Once the bolts are off, the starter should be loose from the engine. (You can thank the designers at Ford for making this a particularly dirty job. The starter gets doused with oil every time the oil filter is taken off so get you can expect the bolts and the starter to be covered in grease and gunk.)

4. Maneuver the starter so that the terminals facing up so you can easily get to them from the top of the engine compartment. Pull the terminal cover off. Remove both cables from the starter. The starter should now be completely free.

5. Place the cables on your new starter and replace the terminal cover. Bolt the starter back in same position as the old one.

6. Reconnect the negative battery terminal and start the car.

Remove the Negative(black) wire off the battery Raise and support the car. using a 10mm wrench remove the smaller cable going to the starter. using a 13mm wench/socket remove the larger cable that comes strait from the Positive (Red) terminal of the battery from the Starter using a 13 mm wench remove the lower and upper starter bolts. The heads for these are on the engine side of the starter. They will likely be hard to turn at first.

the starter should now be easy to remove. Compare the old and new starter to make sure they match, then do the above steps in reverse.

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Ford Taurus
Starters and Ignition Systems
Mercury Sable

How do you replace the ignition switch cylinder in a Ford Taurus - Mercury Sable?

I am not completely sure how to do this myself, but I can get you started as I am researching this question myself. Haynes manual doesn't say how to replace the electronic switch. You may or may not be able to figure this out better than me and the rest of the way if I get you started.

Getting the lock cylinder out

The first part is really quite easy I found out. I know you have to disconnect the battery first so the car will not turn on, and so the air bags will not be triggered, and to protect the electrical system.

Then turn the ignition key to the run position and at the same time press the lock pin in that is on the bottom of the lock on the bottom of the column right under the position of the key lock.

Now while doing all of this pull the lock cylinder out. You may have to move the lock back and forth to get the pin to depress. Use a small 1/8 inch punch or screwdriver to press it in. You will notice that the back of the lock mechanism goes through the switch and they turn together when attached.

Now take the the top and bottom covers off of the steering column. I have a feeling the switch is under the top cover and easy to get to with a couple of screws holding it in.

From other experiences with different types of cars you may have to take the steering wheel off to get inside the column. To do that take the screws out from behind the steering wheel which hold the airbag mechanism in place on the front of the steering wheel. Be gentle and careful not to discharge the airbag. Next there is a bolt in the center of the steering wheel to remove. Depending on which method I just mentioned, those are the two ways u may need to use.

The ignition (electrical) switch is located on the steering column and most times on the bottom. Remove the panel from the drivers side to expose the steering column. There should be two torx screws holding it in place. Remove the screws and pull down, remove the wiring harness and take to your local parts distributor. Don't forget to disconnect the battery prior to starting and electrical project.

For a 96 - 99 Sable disconnect the battery cables wait two minutes, then turn ignition key lock cylinder to the run position, insert a 1/8 inch pin punch or cylinder tool into the hole at the bottom of the steering column cover surrounding the lock cylinder. Depress the punch while pulling out on the lock cylinder which will remove it from the column housing.

Replacing a Not-Working Lock Cylinder
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the upper and lower steering column covers.
  3. Insert a 0.125 drill bit in the hole at the top of the cylinder housing and drill out the retaining pin.

    NOTE Be careful! Don't drill anything but the pin hole straight in

  4. Remove the lock cylinder
  5. Clean out all the metal shavings
To Install:
  1. Turn the new lock cylinder to accessory position
  2. Press and hold the retainer pin in, insert the lock cylinder into the housing.

    Test it out and put everything back together - don't forget the battery cable too.

  3. Turn the key to the OFF position the release the retaining pin and lock it in

Remove lower bevel cover and turn ignition to run position,depress pin in bottom of switch and pull

If it will turn with the key in it you turn it and turn your steering wheel, look either under or straight ahead for a little button type thing that you must push in and pull out the cylinder, either that or you must drill your cylinder so you can turn it, or use a puller and pull out the inside of the cylinder, then find the button to pull out the housing.

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Starters and Ignition Systems
Spark Plugs and Wires

Which item is not a component of the ignition system control module starter solenoid coil spark plug?

Control Module depending on type controls the engine functions, transmission, ignition, etc. (test does not specify "Ignition Control Module")

Starter solenoid would be the most likely choice because on older vehicles with points ignition, the solenoid has a Resistor (Run) post for and an Ignition (Start) post, but now we don't need resistors, but it still has to do with ignition!

Coil supplies voltage to the spark plugs = ignition again.

Spark plug creates the gap for the spark that the fuel needs to ignite, ignite = ignition.

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Starters and Ignition Systems
Chevy Suburban
Spore

How do you install a starter?

This would depend on what your wanting to install a starter on like year, make and model. In any case if your mechanically inclined buy a Chiltons or Haynes repair manual at most any auto parts store for your particular vehicle these books normally explain how to remove and reinstall such parts. , EzForJesus

how to install a starter on a 1992 Chevy blazer? after removing mounting bolts, I slid the starter out, but there wasn't enough clearance to remove it from the engine. if anyone has an idea please let us know.

i had to remove the passenger side motor mount from the engine in order to slide the starter out through the top side. once i had it removed i jacked the moter up slightly to help with the clearence issue

This usually happens when you're running late. You try to start your car and the engine is slow to turn or worse yet, it won't turn at all.

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Dashboard Lights and Gauges
Starters and Ignition Systems
Mitsubishi Eclipse

How do you install an autometer tachometer on a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse and is it possible to connect through the coil-ignitor wires?

  • If you don't have a distributor on your car, you will need to get a tach adapter for your car. So that you can get an rpm signal from your car to the tachometer.
  • Hey dude, here's how to connect the green wire from your tachometer: Tach output is obtained from PCM (powertrain control module) which is a 104 wire connector, and is located behind the passenger side kick panel. Look for pin number 48, which is usually an orange wire with a white stripe.(4.6L is = 4 ppr)
  • Your best bet is to check out the autometer's web site which provides most all the information you might need. If you can't find the info email autometer tech support.
  • Go to test connector inside the fusebox under the hood, it is a t-shaped plug. Tach is the terminal on the top left of the T. The wire under the terminal is white or white/red.




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Cars & Vehicles
Starters and Ignition Systems

How far does it take from hammersmith to Heathrow?

Its about 20 minutes in a car, about half an hour on the tube and about 40 minutes on a bus.

During rush hour (Mon to Fri 7am to 9.30am and 5pm to 7pm) add 20 minutes to car and bus times. On Fridays the evening rush hour starts at about 3.30pm.


The distance is about 12 and a half miles.

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Car Fuses and Wiring
Starters and Ignition Systems
Chevy Lumina
Chevy Silverado

1995 Chevy Lumina ignition wiring harness diagram?

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Chemistry

What is ignition temperature of paper?

Ray Bradbury gave it as 'Fahrenheit 451' - 451 degrees F, which is 233 degrees C. See related link

Actually the above answer is a common misconception. Paper burns around 450 degrees CELSIUS (around 842 degrees F). Ray Bradbury is said to have thought Fahrenheit just sounded better.

You can see the results of the physical tests at the related link

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1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

How do you replace the solenoid on your car?

Go to the autoparts store and buy a new one. To install is easy and most of the time it comes with instructions. If not, just take off the neg on your battery and use a screw driver and should be two screws and it will be on your right hand side.

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Motorcycles
Motorcycle and ATV Maintenance
ATVs

WHY 110 cc ATV made in china Daymak model starter not engaging. solenoid is clicking. fully charged battery. no responce from starter?

Check to see if power is getting to the starter. If it is not check the solenoid contacts in it may be burned and not letting the power threw . If power is making it to the starter it maybe your brushes are in need of replacement or (dirt in starter ,broken magnets ,bearings or burnt wires).

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How do you remove starter Yamaha XS650?

It's a real pain. I had to bend the head of a wrench to get at one of the 4 bolts holding it in. If you have the engine out, it's real easy.

A lot of times the starter is the not the problem on these bikes. The starter bendix that is behind the clutch is the problem if you hear grinding when you try to use the starter.

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Is there a cheaper way to get a copy of a car key with an electronic security chip in it than to go to the dealer?

Many hardware stores now duplicate keys with chips.

AnswerAnswerTry a locksmith OR get the key blank from the dealer and then go to the locksmith. I got a chip key from my local Mazda dealer for a Millineum for $120.00. Was it a deal? yup AnswerI NEEDED A SPARE KEY WITH THE RESISTOR IN IT WENT TO THE LOCAL LOCKSMITH

AND PAID $20 FOR A NEW KEY. THIS IS IN FLORIDA AND I DON'T KNOW ANYBODY

THAT WORKS THERE. THE CADILLAC DEALER WANTED A LOT MORE $s

AnswerI googled and found web sites that actually sell the key with the chip for around $19. They come with programming instructions, that are very simple. I went to Home Depot to have it duplicated from my other key. Now if I had lost all keys, the dealer or get a locksmith.

I WENT TO EBAY.COM AND I TYPED IN "BLANK CHIP KEY" AND ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SCREEN YOU CAN PUT IN THE MAKE AND YEAR OF YOUR CAR AND IT BRINGS UP THE OPTIONS FOR BLANK KEYS FOR YOU...I PAYED $8.98 PLUS SHIPPING TOTAL IT WAS $13.47 FOR A BLANK KEY THAT I CAN TAKE TO HOME DEPOT AND HAVE IT CUT THERE. HECK OF A LOT CHEAPER THAN THE DEALERS $120.00

I did nearly the exact thing on eBay, but purchased an ignition switch along with the uncoded set of keys. Simple instructions on how to get it coded were provided. The ignition switch alone was less then half the cost at the dealership, the coding was $9.00 compared to 199.99. The above poster is absolutely correct! Only advice for eBay and auto parts, is to never buy overseas knock offs.

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Starters and Ignition Systems
Ford Taurus
Mercury Sable

How do you replace a starter on a 1986-1995 Taurus - Sable?

Remove both leads to the battery. There are two bolts holding the starter to the transmission. One, the bolt closer to the radiator has a ground on it and has a nut on the bolt fastening the ground lead to the bolt.

After removing the ground a deep socket will be needed to remove the bolt. The rear bolt comes out and you have a starter in your hands.

You have a positive cable attached to the starter and an ignition bypass still attached that must be removed before you can drop the starter.

I have changed brushes in the 3.8 starter and found the starter will go another 100,000 miles. This is a gear reduction starter that should be checked to draw about 80 amps without a load. Some will draw more than 130 amps which is definitely over spec.

The cost of brushes lists for $50 but can be purchased for $15 from a starter rebuilder.

A little grease on the bearing surfaces, and a little polishing of the communtator, and the starter will work well for years.

AnswerHey Russell==Disconnect the battery. Raise the car up and remove the wires from the starter. Then remove the bolts and work it out among the exhaust pipes. GoodluckJoe

---The reason so many look at this topic may be the chilton manual which shows a diagram of the 3.0L starter shrunk down to unreadable. What looks like the top bolt is not connected to the starter at all. The bolt labled "stud" which holds the cable routing bracket has to be removed after the bracket and nut are removed.

Also unless you have an air rachet, no normal length tool can be used to break the top bolt loose without removing the fan and shroud, and the stud that holds cable managment bracket. Also the relays and controllers mounted to the rail above the radiator.

After that the exhaust pipes are not really in the way of removal.

AnswerThat top bolt is a real challenge - I assembled about 2 feet worth of socket driver extensions and fed it to the bolt from straight out and to the far right side. This provided lots of swing-room for the ratchet wrench. AnswerDisconnect - side of batteryFollow + battery cable for starter locationLift and secure vehicle if needed for accessRemove 2 bolts securing starterDisconnect wiresSlide starter out of housing Reverse to install

The start is located on the lower part of the 'front' of the engine - the side literally facing the front of the vehicle.

It is located below the front exhaust manifold.

The starter is lower front of engine at the transmission close to the radiator.

AnswerBefore removing the starter for repair or replacement, check the condition of all circuit wiring for damage. Inspect all connections to the starter motor, relay, ignition switch, and battery, including all ground connections. Clean and tighten all connections as seen fit.

Also keep in mind that the heavy gague input lead to the starter solenoid is hot at all times. Be careful to ensure the protective cap is installed over the terminal and replaced after service.

1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.

Note: When the battery has been disconnected and reconnected, some abnormal driveablilty symptoms may occur while the PCM relearns its adaptive strategy. It usually take about 10 miles of driving to relearn it, so take it easy.

2. Raise and safely support the vehicle.

3. Disengage the starter cable and the push-on connector from the starter solenoid.

4. Remove the upper and lower retaining bolts, then remove the starter motor from the vehicle.

5. Position the starter motor to the engine , then install the upper and lower retaining bolts finger tight.

6. Tighten the retaining bolts to 15-20 ft. pounds.

7. Engage the starter solenoid connector, making sure to push straight on until it locks into position, you will hear it click.

8. Install the starter calbe nut to the starter solenoid B terminal. Tighten the nut to 80-120 in. pounds, then install the red starter solenoid safety cap.

9. Lower the vehicle, then connect the negative battery cable.

Good Luck - D. Gavel

AnswerBefore removing the starter for repair or replacement, check the condition of all circuit wiring for damage. Inspect all connections to the starter motor, relay, ignition switch, and battery, including all ground connections. Clean and tighten all connections as seen fit.

Also keep in mind that the heavy gague input lead to the starter solenoid is hot at all times. Be careful to ensure the protective cap is installed over the terminal and replaced after service.

1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.

Note: When the battery has been disconnected and reconnected, some abnormal driveablilty symptoms may occur while the PCM relearns its adaptive strategy. It usually take about 10 miles of driving to relearn it, so take it easy.

2. Raise and safely support the vehicle.

3. Disengage the starter cable and the push-on connector from the starter solenoid.

4. Remove the upper and lower retaining bolts, then remove the starter motor from the vehicle.

5. Position the starter motor to the engine , then install the upper and lower retaining bolts finger tight.

6. Tighten the retaining bolts to 15-20 ft. pounds.

7. Engage the starter solenoid connector, making sure to push straight on until it locks into position, you will hear it click.

8. Install the starter calbe nut to the starter solenoid B terminal. Tighten the nut to 80-120 in. pounds, then install the red starter solenoid safety cap.

9. Lower the vehicle, then connect the negative battery cable.

Good Luck - D. Gavel

AnswerBefore removing the starter for repair or replacement, check the condition of all circuit wiring for damage. Inspect all connections to the starter motor, relay, ignition switch, and battery, including all ground connections. Clean and tighten all connections as seen fit.

Also keep in mind that the heavy gague input lead to the starter solenoid is hot at all times. Be careful to ensure the protective cap is installed over the terminal and replaced after service.

1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.

Note: When the battery has been disconnected and reconnected, some abnormal driveablilty symptoms may occur while the PCM relearns its adaptive strategy. It usually take about 10 miles of driving to relearn it, so take it easy.

2. Raise and safely support the vehicle.

3. Disengage the starter cable and the push-on connector from the starter solenoid.

4. Remove the upper and lower retaining bolts, then remove the starter motor from the vehicle.

5. Position the starter motor to the engine , then install the upper and lower retaining bolts finger tight.

6. Tighten the retaining bolts to 15-20 ft. pounds.

7. Engage the starter solenoid connector, making sure to push straight on until it locks into position, you will hear it click.

8. Install the starter calbe nut to the starter solenoid B terminal. Tighten the nut to 80-120 in. pounds, then install the red starter solenoid safety cap.

9. Lower the vehicle, then connect the negative battery cable.

Good Luck - D. Gavel

AnswerDisconnect one battery cable. You can disconnect the positive instead of the negative just for fun if you like, but don't arc out.

Jack up the front of the car (and yadda set it on stands, yadda set parking yadda brake.)

The starter is bolted to the engine near the bottom on the side closer to the radiator. This is a very easy one to get to. You may need 13mm and 15mm sockets, both deep and short as well as wrenches of those sizes to remove it. On some cars a 17mm deep may also be required Be careful not to damage the ground strap on the lower mounting stud. This will be the easiest starter you ever replace unless you're using a Pep Boys guaranteed defective prostart brand unit that you'll replace within a few days.

If your transaxle has been replaced by a dimwit or slacktard, the nut on the lower mounting stud may not be removable in place any you may break the ground strap at that stud. If so, DO NOT forget to repair this ground strap.

Wear high quality thick latex gloves that fit well. Keep a few extra gloves and rags handy. If this is a 3.0L engine (not a 3.8L which has blown it's third head gasket by now) the starter will be covered in nasty partially burned oil because every time the filter is removed it drains onto the starter. Keep a few spare gloves handy.

AnswerLook for your oil filter.The starter should be just by where the filter is mounted.I'm looking at a close up picture so I have no idea where this is.

- Disconnect the large cable from the terminal on the starter moter.- Remove the 2 bolts attaching the rear support bracket to remove bracket.- Remove the 2 bolts connecting the starter to the bellhousing.There should be a ground wire attached to the upper bolt.- transmission type: - automatic - remove starter between the radiator and subframe. - manual - remove starter between the subframe and engine.

Answerwhile your answer was good,may i suggest that folks always disconnect the battery first.This is always a good practice to follow anyway in order to prevent an aciccident or blown computer. AnswerStarter id almost dead center (from side to side) just benind the radiator, in the hardest possible location to reach, and it is right next to the oil filter. Ford was kind enough to leave no way to easily remove it, much less install a replacement. Be prepared to remove the fan, etc., and bring lights, extensions, floppy sockets, mirors, or a small child. Good luck.
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Starters and Ignition Systems
Saturn L-Series
Saturn S-Series

How do you change the starter on a 1996 Saturn SL?

In my experience with your hand anda few craftsman sockets and lowring the engine (there is no space for a tool to remove it so losen the engine mounts and transmounts takes about 3 to 6 hours to remove&instal plus a can of beer for me and your famiy (babies tooo)

I recently replaced the entire motor on an SL2 97 and the starter wasn't really a big deal.

It is behind the engine so you will need to first disconnect the positive battery cable.

Raise the vehicle.

The area you will be working in will be a bit tight but workable.

I found that removing the mounting bolts, lowering it gave me easier access to removing the wiring from it.

Reverse for installation.

#2 is an improvement over the first, but here's some additional info:

Two bolts. One is almost inaccessible. I used a 13mm deep well socket and a couple of different length extensions (one 4" and one 2") to reach the two different bolts and remove them.

While it helps to get as much room under the car as possible (I was only able to achieve a little under a foot working height with the ramps and jackstands I had), I also used a socket wrench (Stanley part #89-962--http://tinyurl.com/3587et) that allowed me to _twist_ the handle in addition to using a normal ratcheting action. Without it, I seriously doubt I would have removed the old starter and installed a new one in the time I did, since the working area is very, very constricted.

In addition to the two bolts, there are also the two nuts (referred to in answer 2) attaching the electrical leads. Frankly, I found them to be little trouble to remove before removing the mounting bolts, and my Mitchell's and Haynes books suggest removing them first to acoid damaging them.

Quick tip: working under the car in constricted spaces, keep track of nuts and bolts by attaching a STRONG magnet to the oil pan. Simply drop the nuts, bolts, sockets (and even extensions!) UP *heh* onto the magnet for handy retrieval later.

Still, if you are able to rent bay space and use a lift, the removal/installation would be much easier. Still constricted (and the Stanley tool or its equivalent still HIGHLY recommended!), but standing to work would make this a much, much easier task.

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Auto Parts and Repairs
Starters and Ignition Systems
Chevy Blazer
Chevy Lumina

Why would the keys move freely in the ignition?

Answer

dude i just went through the same thing last week

unless the ignition itesl has been replaced since it left the plant 10 yrs ago, the orignal key has probably worn too thin to contact the tumblers anymore. you could either replace the whole ignition column or better yet, hit a car dealer and get them to cut you a new set of keys from a copy they have on file. nothin to it.

  1. 2 is much much cheaper. trust me.

cheers.

Answer

Had the same thing happen to me...keys down to the lights. What happened was someone tried to steal the vehicle and by forcing god knows what into the ignition, it made everything lose. Look closer at your ignition area you will be able to tell if someone pryed the area with something

= you ignition switch is worn out. replace it they cost about 4 bucks at any auto store

The cause could be a combination of worn key and ignition cylinder. First have a new key made, if that doesn't resolve the problem, then concider replacing the cylinder itself. Contrary to the above answer, it costs a bit more than "4 bucks" however the expertise comes when you begin to disassemble the steering column. The steering wheel must first be removed, then the turn signal cancelling cam along with moving the wiring harness. A special tool is required to compress the retaining spring clip assembly, then the key cylinder may be removed, using caution to note the position of the rack and gear train. It can be performed at home, but only if you're mechanically inclined.

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Car Starting Problems
Starters and Ignition Systems
VW Jetta

Why would a car take 10 seconds to start and cough when it is cold?

the spark plugs may be bad/or failing, and the engine is warm enough to sustain (SP?) itself and let it run at a ideal temprature..(mostly oil temp) affects running effectiveness == ANSWER== wish my vehicle only took 10 seconds to start, and there is nuthing wrong with my vehicle. but all vehicle take a little longer to start when cold. the "cough" is usually caused by the choke not working quite correctly modern cars are made to start without touching the gas pedal older cars you had to use gas pedal to engage automatic choke so if newer car cough is caused by excess gas in chamber keep foot off gas pedal hard habit to break i know,

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Car Starting Problems
Starters and Ignition Systems

Why is it difficult to start a car on a cold rainy day?

The reason why it is so difficult to sometimes start a car on a rainy day is simple. The rain creates condensation inside the intake that enters the combustion chamber of the engine and causes the fuels rate of ignition to decrease. This in turn causes the ignition at the spark plug to be delayed and hence the engine cranks and cranks when this condition exits. If this doesn't make sense, then maybe read other answers. Several reasons: When objects get colder they expand. this causes small ammounts of restricion in the cylinders. Your oil is cold. oil becomes thicker at lower temperatures preventing quick circulation through the engine. Reasons 1 and 2 work together. poor initial lubrication and slightly restricted cylindars cause friction and make it harder for your engine to turn over. If this seems illogical then keep reading. * Only water expands as it gets colder due to the polarity of the water molecule. All other matter generally contracts, becomes more dense, and takes up less volume. * ** The argument is wrong, but the idea is right, lower temperature, higher viscosity, that's what I guess the above answer is trying to say.

On cars with distributorless ignition systems spark plug wires and spark plugs, on the old ones replace the dist. cap,rotor button,spark plugs and plug wires and if older then a 1974 all of the above except you'll have points & condensor to replace.Actually a properly tuned engine runs better on heavy misty air(drizzel) Contrary to the anonymous answer above, things DO NOT expand as they colder. They contract as they get colder and expand when heated (we learned this in 8th grade). As to why it is harder to start, it could be one of many reasons. All I know is when it rains the humidity in the air is HIGH (hence the rain). If you have a carbuerated car, then you idle mixture is already set and this extra humidity in the air/fuel ratio is not accounted for and causes the setting to be less than optimal and thus causes poor combustion in the cylinders. If you have a newer car, i.e. one that has a computer controlling the car's ignition (mixture and idle rpm's, etc.), then there could a problem with a sensor because the computer is supposed to take the humidity and air temp (ambient air factors) into account. I think the next answer by Bunting of TO, is the right one. however. Your ignition system needs servicing. The high humidity has created a ground path for an electrical short to occur due to cracks in your distributor cap or plug wires. When these things are dry the path is not available. Spray windex on these components while the engine is running to test the theory. By doing the spray test in the dark, it will be even more evident where the cross spark problems are.

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Pontiac Grand Prix
Ford F-150

How do you replace a 1993 Grand Prix LW ignition switch?

This is only "help". I had to have this done by AAA 3 years ago. First disconnect the battery. Then, you have to remove all that platic covering under the dash at that side, remove all the plastic covering the steering column, and there is the "switch", usually two nuts holding it, attached to the column, a plug with all the wires pertaining to "on-off", and a connecting rod to the ignition key up by the steering wheel. Be sure to disconnect the battery to avoid 60amps to your wrench. I hope you weren't asking how to replace the ignition key cylinder. That is simple, but another task. Use a drift pin or nail to push the release pin (inside a 1/8' dia. hole beside the key), release and remove the old cylinder. Usually the key will have to be in the cylinder to remove it. Reverse to install the new key/cylinder. Position is critical in inserting the new cylinder. It must be exactly as the old one. And obviously, the old key will not work, unless you take the new cylinder to a locksmith to be rekeyed to your old key.

There is much more to this than can be described here. I recommend that you buy a copy of Haynes repair manual #38010 since it has a pretty good description of the process and some helpful pictures.

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Saturn (car)
Ford Ranger
Ford F-150

How do you replace the ignition switch on a '94 Saturn station wagon?

switch removal1. disconnect negative battery cable2. remove the steering wheel3. unplug the wires from the switch, remove the bolts and lift switch off steering column

ignition lock cylinder removal1. disconnect negative battery cable2. remove the steering wheel3. remove the knee bolster and steering column cover screws4. separate the steering column covers and pull the upper cover up for access to the lock release tab5. with the key in the acc position, depress the release tab, then pull the lock cylinder straight out and remove it from the steering column.

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Ford F-150

How do you bust ignition switch on a f-150?

The easyiest way on a ford is to drill the bottom of the key hole and bust all the surrounding matierals until it can be pulled out

ANS 2 -Sounds like you're planning to steal one - I don't think anyone should give you any more ides.

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Ford Bronco XLT

Why would a car not start and the temp needle go all the way to hot when the key is turned to the 'start' position?

HUGE short in the wiring. i would check for any disconnected wires that are laying against metal. i would also trace the wire from the temp sensor to the dash to see if it is broken and/or shorting out. because the car is overheated and its too hot to start. when you turn the key to the start position the fan should kick on and try to cool the car off. the problem is the thermostat. you will have to replace the thermostat to prevent future overheating. some vehicles have a temp guage test when cranking, such as the 82-92 F bodies(camaros and firebirds) they will peg over to HOT during crank, if they dont then it has failed the test and guage is faulty. the temp guage "issue" may be perfectly normal depending on the year make and model most likely this is not related to the no start condition

make sure it has spark, make sure the fuel pump pumps up pressure with key in RUN position(warning lights all on) check the computer codes for stored problems good luck

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What does an ignition module do?

The Term "Ignition module" can be applied to more than one item.

On older cars with a Distributor and coil pack, the ignition module is an electrical switch that turns the power on and off to the coil, which in tern causes the coil to generate a spark.

On more modern cars that do not have a distributor, but have fully computerised ignition systems, it usually refers to the ignition coil, which also incorporates the item mentioned above.

In both cases it's responsible for causing a surge of high voltage electricity to be supplied to the spark plugs to cause the petrol/air mixture in the cylinders to ignite.

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