How Do You Install a Starter?

How Do You Install a Starter?

To install a starter, disconnect the vehicle battery and the starter, unbolt and remove the old starter, bolt the new starter on the starter block, reconnect the starter, and reconnect the battery. The supplies you need for this one-hour project are a ratchet, a screwdriver, lubricant and a new starter.

  1. Disconnect the battery and starter

    Turn the vehicle off, engage the parking brake, remove the keys from the ignition, and expose the battery. Disconnect the negative cable from the battery, and unclip the positive cable attached to the starter.

  2. Unbolt and remove the starter

    Use a ratchet to unbolt the starter from the starter block. If the bolts are stuck, loosen them with automotive lubricant. Remove the bolts, and set them nearby. Examine the starter for other clips and fasteners, remove them, and lift the starter out of the vehicle.

  3. Insert the new starter

    Set the new starter on the starter block, reinsert the bolts, and fasten them loosely with your hands.

  4. Reconnect the starter

    Attach the positive battery cable to the starter, and then tighten the starter bolts with the ratchet.

  5. Reconnect the battery

    Reconnect the negative battery cable, and close the hood of the vehicle. Start the vehicle to test your work.