Tip & How-To about 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara

Replacing Starter 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara v6

I changed the starter. Remove engine cover and air intake. Disconnect battery. Remove front passenger tire. Put car on stands. Place small block of wood on jack and jack up onto the oil pan with slight pressure (not too much, just enough to hold in place.) Remove one belt from alternator by loosening left bolt on pulley and adjusting the tension on the other bolt of same pulley. Leave the other belt alone. Take out top bolt of alternator, loosen but do not remove bottom(this will allow you to lower or swing the alternator out of the way without removing. Undo wiring. Remove ground wire from starter. Take out motor mount (4 bolts). There are two Phillips screws holding a heat shield (square piece of metal) onto the starter. They have to be taken out or the starter won't be able come out (I replaced these screws with hex head bolts from Advanced Auto Parts for easier removal in the future. I'm sure they are at every hardware store). Slide the starter towards the front of the car. Remove terminal wiring and the starter is now out. The tools that I found useful were a ratchet with a flat head, metric sockets (8mm-13mm) and a swivel bit for the ratchet, an extra set of hands and 8 hours as I do not work on cars. The time consumption was greater than the difficulty. Once you understand heat shield has to come off and how it has to be done its not bad. You may have to softly bend some of the fuel line but only to fit the ratchet in from the bottom. You will have to do some work from the top and some work from the bottom.

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

3.0L Engine
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle securely on jackstands.
  3. Remove the terminal nuts, washers, and electrical leads from the starter motor.
  4. Remove the passenger side catalytic converter.
  5. Remove the passenger side engine mount nuts, and lower the vehicle.
  6. Disconnect the resonance chamber-to-throttle body ducts.
    1. Detach the electrical connector for the Mass Air Flow (MAF) and the Intake Air Temperature (IAT) sensors.
    2. Disconnect the resonance chamber air intake hose from the air cleaner housing and MAF sensor.
    3. Remove the (IAC) inlet hose and the intake plenum air inlet hoses.
    4. Detach the electrical connector from the switchover valve and the remaining vacuum connections.

  7. Install the engine support fixture J28467-A with adapters J28467-450 or equivalents and raise the passenger side of the engine.
NOTE Passenger side of the engine must be raised approximately 1.5 inches (38 mm).
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle securely on jackstands.
  2. Remove the engine mount from the engine mount bracket and cradle.
  3. Remove the engine mount bracket bolts and reposition the bracket.
  4. Remove the starter motor from the vehicle.
To install:
  1. Install the starter motor to the vehicle and tighten the bolts to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
  2. Position the engine mount bracket and install the bolts. Tighten to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
  3. Install the engine mount to the engine mount bracket and cradle. Partially lower the vehicle.
  4. Lower the engine. Have an assistant guide the engine mount into place while lowering the engine. The engine mount locator tab must engage the slot in the cradle.
  5. Reinstall the resonance chamber-to-throttle body ducts.
  6. Raise the vehicle.
  7. Install the passenger side engine mount nuts. Tighten the upper nut to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm). Tighten the lower nut to 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
  8. Install the passenger side catalytic converter.
  9. Plug in the electrical leads, install the washers, and terminal nuts to the starter motor. Tighten the battery cable terminal nut to 115 inch lbs. (13 Nm). And the solenoid terminal nut to 35 inch lbs. (4 Nm).
  10. Lower the vehicle.
  11. Connect the negative battery cable.

4.6L Engine
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Disconnect the positive battery cable.
NOTE In order to get to the starter assembly the intake manifold must be removed. Refer to the procedure for removing the intake manifold.
  1. Reposition the front bank spark plug wires.
  2. Remove the air intake duct from the throttle body.
  3. Detach the electrical connectors for the intake manifold, Throttle Position (TP) sensor, and Idle Speed Control (ISC) motor, Evaporative Emission (EVAP) Control solenoid and Cruise Control Servo.
  4. Disconnect the vacuum hoses at the brake vacuum booster, fuel pipe bundle and to the body.
  5. Disconnect the PCV hoses at the intake manifold.
  6. Unhook the accelerator cable at the throttle body and position it out of the way.
  7. Relieve the fuel system pressure. Disconnect the fuel pipe quick connects at the fuel pipe bundle in the engine compartment.
  8. Remove the EVAP solenoid bracket at the rear (or right) cam cover.
  9. Reposition the transaxle range control cable away from the cruise control servo.
  10. Disconnect the coolant hoses at the throttle body and to the coolant reservoir and plug the hoses. Wrap a shop towel around the hoses when disconnecting to avoid spillage.
  11. Remove the four intake manifold bolts and lift the intake manifold with the throttle body out of the engine compartment.
  12. Unbolt the solenoid 'S' terminal nut and battery cable nut. Remove the starter motor mounting bolts, and lift the starter motor out of the manifold cavity.
To install:

NOTE Before installing the starter motor to the engine, tighten inner nuts on the solenoid terminals to be sure they are secure in the cap. Tighten the inner nuts on the battery terminal and motor terminal to 71 inch lbs. (8 Nm). If the nuts are not properly tightened, the starter may fail later due to the terminal or cap damage.
  1. Install the solenoid switch lead, and tighten the nut to 22 inch lbs. (2.5 Nm).
  2. Install the battery cable nut and tighten to 71 inch lbs. (8 Nm).
  3. Install the starter motor and tighten the mounting bolts to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm).
  4. Install the intake manifold with the throttle body onto the engine and install the four bolts. The four intake manifold bolts must be tightend in a specific sequence to 71 inch lbs. (8 Nm), then an additional 120°.
  5. Connect the coolant hoses at the throttle body and at the coolant reservoir. Add coolant as needed.
  6. Position the transaxle range control cable to the cruise control bracket.
  7. Fasten the EVAP solenoid bracket to the rear cam cover.
  8. Reconnect the fuel pipes quick connects at the fuel pipe bundle in the engine compartment.
  9. Hook the accelerator cable up at the throttle body.
  10. Connect the vacuum hoses at the brake vacuum booster, fuel pipe bundle and to the body. Install the PCV hose at the intake manifold.
  11. Install the electrical connectors for the intake manifold, the TP sensor ISC motor, EVAP solenoid and the cruise control servo.
  12. Install the air intake duct to the throttle body.
  13. Reposition the front bank spark plug wires.
  14. Connect the negative battery cable.
  15. Connect the positive battery cable.

4.5L and 4.9L Engines
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle securely on jackstands.
  3. Remove the starter motor shield.
  4. Remove the exhaust front and rear pipe assembly.
  5. Remove the flexplate inspection cover.
  6. Disconnect the solenoid 'S' terminal nut and battery cable nut.
  7. Unbolt the starter motor mounting bolts, and remove the starter motor.
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Fig. Typical starter mounting on early models

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Fig. Later model starter location and mounting on the 4.9L engine


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Fig. Starter mounting on 4.5L engine with a starter shield


To install:
  1. Install the starter motor, and tighten to 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm).
  2. Install the solenoid 'S' terminal nut. Tighten the nut to 35 inch lbs. (4 Nm).
  3. Install the battery cable nut and tighten to 12 ft. lbs. (15 Nm).
  4. Install the flexplate inspection cover, the front and rear exhaust pipe assembly and the starter motor shield.
  5. Lower the vehicle.
  6. Connect the negative battery cable.

Hope trhis help (remember comment and rated this).

Apr 08, 2010 | 1992 Cadillac DeVille

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car starter went out


No need to raise the vehicle. the starter is located on top of the transmission just under the air intake pipe. It is not located on the engine as most are.

Nov 10, 2009 | 1999 Nissan Sentra

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I need instructions on how to install a starter for '95 toyota celica. step by step and preferably w/ video or picture


This is one I can help with. First, get all the extensions you can lay your hands on. You will need about 3 feet plus of socket extensions. Disconnect the ground to the battery. Next to make things easier, remove the front passenger tire. Be sure to put a jackstand in place. Scope things out a bit first so the jackstand placement will not get in the way of removing the rear starter bolt. Take out the rubber splash guard or at least undo it from one end so it is out of your way. There is an access port held by 4 bolts(glorified machine screws). Remove them and take out the port. There is one bolt facing toward the front of the vehicle and one bolt facing back that secure the starter to the motor and you have to thread the socket extensions in for a very long way to get to them. Undo the electrical connections on the starter, remove the supporting bolts and carefully work the starter out through the limited space. It really will come out. Now, before you spend a fortune on a new starter, check out the contacts in the solenoid on the starter. A new kit can be purchased for a whole lot less and this will normally fix the starter. Sorry I don't have any photos.

Oct 15, 2009 | 1995 Toyota Celica

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how do i change the starter on a 96 century


If it's the 3.1 or the newer 3100 the starter should just be a couple 13 and 15mm bolts. Plus the nut for the cable. Hope this helps.

Jul 13, 2009 | 1996 Buick Century

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