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How To Change A Starter In MK2 VW Manual Transmission

The starter is mounted between the engine and radiator, bolted to the transmission. To start with, you will need to disconnect the battery cable at the positive terminal of the battery, and lay it out of the way. Jack up the front of the car and support with jack stands. You will need another jack and a piece of wood to sit under the oil pan to support the motor, due to the fact that when removing the starter, the bolts through the starter go thru the front motor mount. Disconnect the 2 large wires from the starter solenoid, usually held on with a 13mm nut, and unplug the smaller wire. Remove the upper and lower bolts going thru the starter, into the motor mount, usually a 17mm bolt heads, or an allen head bolts. Pull the starter away from the transmission and remove the starter. You should also replace the small bronze round starter bushing that is mounted in the transmission, where the end of the starter goes in. This bushing often wears out and won't keep the armature shaft from moving when starting the car. When you reinstall the new starter, you may have to jack up or lower down the motor to get the starter bolts started into the front mount. Tighten the 2 17mm starter bolts, and reinstall the 2 large wires on the large terminal on the starter, reconnect the small wire to the solenoid. Remove the jack and piece of wood from underneath the motor. Reconnect the positive battery cable and lower the car down, job done.

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replacing a starter in a sebring 2006


All of the nuts and bolts are metric on it. It helps to use a 13mm swivel socket on the starter bolts but you can use a wrench if you need to. Also, a 7/8 open end wrench for the 02 sensor, or an 02 sensor socket.


Let me give you the steps for the starter and also the front engine mount bracket. You don't have to remove the entire mount, just the bracket




REMOVAL

  1. Open Hood.
  2. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  3. Raise vehicle and support.
  4. Disconnect the electrical connector from the 02 sensor.



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  • Remove the 02 sensor from the exhaust manifold .
  • Remove the front mount through bolt.
  • Remove the front mount bracket from engine block.







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    Remove the battery cable from starter.




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    1. Remove the lower starter bolt and remove starter.

    INSTALLATION

    1. Install starter to transmission.
    2. Start the upper starter bolt.
    3. Start the lower bolt and snug it so that the starter will not move.
    4. Remove the upper bolt.
    5. Connect the battery cable and torque nut to 8.5 Nm (75 in. lbs.).
    6. Install the front mount bracket and check heat shield location.
    7. Install bolt the upper bolt and torque bolt to 54 Nm (40 ft. lbs.)
    8. Install the lower and torque bolt to 54 Nm (40 ft. lbs.)
    9. Install the front mount through bolt and torque bolt to 61 Nm (45 ft.. lbs.)
    10. Install the 02 sensor and torque to 27 Nm (20 ft. lbs.)
    11. Lower vehicle.
    12. Connect the negative battery cable.




    FRONT MOUNT

    REMOVAL

    1. Raise vehicle.




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    1. Remove front mount to bracket horizontal through bolt (Fig. 87).
    2. Loosen the rear mount through bolt.
    3. Remove front mount vertical bolts (Fig. 87).
    4. Remove front mount and separate the starter heat shield.

    INSTALLATION

    1. Position front mount on lower radiator crossmember.
    2. Loose install front mount to bracket through bolt.
    3. Install front mount vertical bolts. Tighten bolts to 61 Nm (45 ft. lbs.) . (Fig. 87).NOTE: Be sure the weight of the engine is static and in rest position. this for a 2.7 v6

    Jan 15, 2012 | 2006 Chrysler Sebring

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    How to remove starter from 2004 pacifica


    REMOVAL
    Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    Remove (UPPER RADIATOR CROSS MEMBER) and relocate (UPPER RADIATOR CROSS MEMBER REMOVED) the upper radiator crossmember, (Refer to 23 - BODY/EXTERIOR/RADIATOR CROSSMEMBER - REMOVAL).
    Remove the radiator fan module (FAN MODULE IN VEHICLE) (Refer to 7 - COOLING/ENGINE/RADIATOR FAN - REMOVAL).
    Remove the wiring harness clip from front mount.
    Remove the coolant line clamp bolt (COOLANT LINE BRACKET).
    Remove the upper nut from the front mount (FRONT RUBBER MOUNT UPPER NUT).
    Remove the upper starter mounting bolt (UPPER STARTER BOLT).
    Remove the middle starter bolt (MIDDLE STARTER BOLT).
    Raise vehicle and support.
    Remove the lower front mount nut (FRONT RUBBER MOUNT IN POSITION).
    Raise and support engine (SUPPORT ENGINE).
    Remove the lower bracket bolt to transmission (BRACKET TRANS BOLT).
    Remove the lower bracket bolt to engine block (BRACKET ENGINE BLOCK BOLT).
    Relocate the front mount and bracket.
    Disconnect the positive battery cable from starter
    Disconnect the solenoid connector from starter.
    Remove the lower starter bolt (STARTER LOWER BOLT).
    Remove starter from vehicle.

    Aug 16, 2011 | 2004 Chrysler Pacifica

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    where is the starter located on my 2003 nissan sentra ser


    Starter Motor -located to articulate with flywheel that has gear teeth between the engine and transmission accessible from down below. REMOVAL & INSTALLATION 240SX WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
    1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
    2. Support the transmission with a jack and remove the 4 rear mounting bracket bolts.
    3. Lightly lower the transmission to make room and pull out the dipstick tube.
    4. Remove or disconnect the following:
      • Negative battery cable
      • Connector bracket from the front mount bracket
      • Harness connector
      • Starter bolts
      • Starter
      To install:
    5. Install or connect the following:
      • Starter and torque the bolts to 30-37 ft. lbs. (40-50 Nm)
      • Harness connector
      • Connector bracket to the front mount bracket
      • Dipstick tube
      • Transmission into position
      • 4 rear mounting bracket bolts
      • Negative battery cable
    6. Remove the transmission jack
    WITH MANUAL TRANSMISSION
    1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
    2. Remove or disconnect the following:
      • Negative battery cable
      • Connector bracket from the front mount bracket
      • Harness connector
      • Starter bolts
      • Starter
      To install:
    3. Install or connect the following:
      • Starter and torque the bolts to 30-37 ft. lbs. (40-50 Nm)
      • Harness connector
      • Connector bracket to the front mount bracket
      • Negative battery cable
    1.6L and 2.0L Engines
    1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
    2. Remove or disconnect the following:
      • Negative battery cable
      • Wiring at the starter
      • Bolts attaching the starter to the engine
      • Starter
      To install:
    3. Install or connect the following:
      • Starter and torque the bolts to 70 inch lbs. (8 Nm)
      • Starter electrical connections
      • Negaative battery cable
    Maxima
    1. Remove or disconnect the following:
      • Negative battery cable
      • Air duct
      • Harness protector from the harness
      • Starter wiring at the starter
      • Starter-to-engine bolts
      • Starter from the vehicle

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      To install:
    2. Install or connect the following:
      • Starter and torque the long bolt to 57-72 ft. lbs. (77-98 Nm) and the short bolt to 22-30 ft. lbs. (30-41 Nm)
      • Starter wiring
      • Harness protector
      • Air duct
      • Negative battery cable
    Altima
    1. Remove or disconnect the following:
      • Negative battery cable
      • Air inlet tube
      • Harness bracket
      • Wiring at the starter
      • Starter
      To install:
    2. Install or connect the following:
      • Starter and torque the bolts to 60 inch lbs. (7 Nm)
      • Starter electrical connectors
      • Harness bracket
      • Air inlet tube
      • Negative battery cable

    Nov 03, 2010 | 2003 Nissan Sentra

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    How do i change the starter on a 2000 nissan altima


    I hope this helps:

    REMOVAL & INSTALLATION 240SX WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
    1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
    2. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    3. Support the transmission with a jack and remove the 4 rear mounting bracket bolts.
    4. Lightly lower the transmission to make room and pull out the dipstick tube.
    5. Remove or disconnect the following:
      • Connector bracket from the front mount bracket
      • Harness connector
      • Starter bolts
      • Starter
      To install:
    6. Install or connect the following:
      • Starter
      • Starter bolts. Tighten the bolts to 30–37 ft. lbs. (40–50 Nm).
      • Harness connector
      • Connector bracket to the front mount bracket
      • Dipstick tube
      • Transmission into position
      • 4 rear mounting bracket bolts
    7. Remove the transmission jack
      • Negative battery cable
    WITH MANUAL TRANSMISSION
    1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
    2. Remove or disconnect the following:
      • Negative battery cable
      • Connector bracket from the front mount bracket
      • Harness connector
      • Starter bolts
      • Starter
      To install:
    3. Install or connect the following:
      • Starter
      • Starter bolts. Tighten the bolts to 30–37 ft. lbs. (40–50 Nm).
      • Harness connector
      • Connector bracket to the front mount bracket
      • Negative battery cable
    1.6L and 2.0L Engines
    1. Remove or disconnect the following:
      • Negative battery cable from the battery
      • Wiring at the starter
      • Bolts attaching the starter to the engine
      • Starter from the vehicle
      To install:
    2. Install or connect the following:
    3. Install the components in the reverse order of removal.
    Maxima
    1. Remove or disconnect the following:
      • Negative battery cable from the battery
      • Air duct
      • Harness protector from the harness
      • Starter wiring at the starter
      • Starter-to-engine bolts
      • Starter from the vehicle Fig. 1: Starter location and mounting detail — Maxima with a manual transaxle 89612g12.gif
      To install:
    2. Install or connect the following:
      • Starter
      • Starter attaching bolts. Tighten the long bolt to 57–72 ft. lbs. (77–98 Nm) and the short bolt to 22–30 ft. lbs. (30–41 Nm).
      • Starter wiring
      • Harness protector
      • Air duct
      • Negative battery cable
    3. Start the engine a few times to make sure of proper operation.
    Altima
    1. Remove or disconnect the following:
      • Negative battery cable from the battery
      • Air inlet tube
      • Harness bracket
      • Wiring at the starter
      • Bolts attaching the starter to the engine
      • Starter from the vehicle
      To install:
    2. Install the components in the reverse order of removal.
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    Jul 13, 2010 | 2000 Nissan Altima

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    changing the starter on my 99 tahoe


    Starter Escalade, Suburban, Tahoe, Yukon, Denali, Denali XL, Yukon XL, 1999 – 2005 REMOVAL&INSTALLATION
    Removal & Installation
    4.8L, 5.3L And 6.0L Engines
    CAUTION Before servicing any electrical component, the ignition key must be in the OFF or LOCK position and all electrical loads must be OFF, unless instructed otherwise in these procedures.
    1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    2. Raise and support the vehicle.
    3. Remove or disconnect the following:
      • Protective shields, as necessary
      • Starter solenoid shield
      • Starter-to-transmission close out cover bolt
      • Engine oil level sensor connection
      • On 4WD, front axle mounting bracket through bolt nut
    4. Reposition the front axle mounting bracket through bolt until the bolt tip is flush with the support bushing. Do not remove the bolt.
      • Mounting bolts from the engine block. Slide the starter forward until the starter clears the transmission.
      • Starter transmission close out cover
      • Positive battery cable and wiring harness from the starter
      • Starter from the vehicle 0900c152800a6916.jpgStarter removal—4.8L, 5.3L and 6.0L engines
    To install:
    1. Install or connect the following:
      • Starter
      • Positive battery cable to the starter. Tighten the nut to 12 ft. lbs. (16 Nm).
      • Starter transmission close out cover
      • Mounting bolts to the engine block and tighten to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm)
    2. Reposition the front axle mounting bracket through bolt until the bolt is fully seated.
      • Front axle mounting bracket through bolt nut and tighten to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm)
      • Engine oil level sensor connection
      • Starter-to-transmission close out cover bolt
      • Starter solenoid shield
      • Protective shields as necessary
    3. Remove the safety stands.
    4. Lower the vehicle.
    5. Connect the negative battery cable.
    5.7L And 7.4L Engines
    1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
    2. Remove or disconnect the following:
      • Negative battery cable
      • Mounting bolts and shims
      • Wires
      • Heat shield
      • Starter
    To install:
    1. Install or connect the following:
      • Starter
      • Wires. Torque battery wire nut to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm), and ignition nut to 18 inch lbs. (2 Nm).
      • Heat shield. Torque the bolts to 53 inch lbs. (6 Nm) and the nuts to 35 inch lbs. (3 Nm).
      • Mounting bolts and shim. Torque the bolts to 33 ft lbs. (45 Nm).
      • Negative battery cable
    6.5L Engine
    1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
    2. Remove or disconnect the following:
      • Negative battery cables
      • Mounting bolts/nuts and shim, if used
      • Starter
      • Wires
      • Heat shield and bracket 0900c152800a6917.jpgExploded view of the starter motor—6.5L engine
    To install:
    1. Install or connect the following:
      • Heat shield and bracket. Torque the bolts to 13 ft lbs. (17 Nm).
      • Wires. Torque battery wire nut to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm), and ignition nut to 18 inch lbs. (2 Nm).
      • Starter
      • Mounting bolts/nuts and shim, if used. Torque the bolts to 33 ft lbs. (45 Nm) and the nut to 75 inch lbs. (8.5 Nm).
      • Negative battery cables
    8.1L Engine
    1. Remove or disconnect the following:
      • Negative battery cable
      • On 4WD, front axle mounting bracket through bolt nut
    2. Reposition the front axle mounting bracket through bolt until the bolt tip is flush with the support bushing. Do not remove the bolt.
      • Positive battery cable nut
      • Positive cable from the solenoid
      • Engine harness ground nut and ground from the solenoid
      • Mounting bolts and starter
      • Heat shield bolts, nut and shield, if necessary
    To install:
    1. Install or connect the following:
      • Heat shield, bolts and nut if removed. Tighten the bolts to 35 inch lbs. (3 Nm) and the nut to 44 inch lbs. (5 Nm).
      • Starter and bolts. Tighten to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
      • Ground wire and nut. Tighten to 30 inch lbs. (3.4 Nm).
      • Positive cable and nut. Tighten to 80 inch lbs. (9 Nm).
    2. Reposition the front axle mounting bracket through bolt until the bolt is fully seated.
      • Front axle mounting bracket through bolt nut and tighten to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm)
      • Negative battery cable

    Sep 28, 2008 | 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe

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