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I need to change the starter on a 1987 buick century

Im not very car knowledgeable and i dont know how to change a car starter on my '87 century. i went and got a new one but i dont know how to change the old one.

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SOURCE: starter removal

Don't rely on a Chinese jack to keep the car high enough to crawl under it.  Use wheel chocks of some kind and jackstands after raising the car high enough.
The battery will have to be disconnected; take the negative (ground) clamp off first, then the positive; keep in mind that disconnecting the battery is going to play havoc with alarm systems and perhaps anti-theft protections on the radio. Perhaps someone here can describe better what to expect.
The starter is generally snug to the engine with one end free, the other inserted in the bellhousing of the transmission where the flywheel is housed. The first thing to do on the starter would be to disconnect the cable coming from the battery or solenoid; this will be a heavy gauge cable. Depending on whether the starter has an integrated solenoid or not, there may also be a light gauge wire connected which carries the 12 V from the ignition switch (start position) to operate an integrated solenoid which is simply a relay with a coil powered by the ignition switch and a set of very heavy contacts that are closed with a bar to supply the 120-200 maps of starting current.   
There probably won't be more than two beefy bolts (could be 3 though) that hold the starter onto the bell housing and pass through flanges on the starter.   
Starters are pretty heavy for their size (lots of steel and copper) so don't get your face too close to it once the bolts are removed.
A cautionary note: be sure you really need a starter and not only a non-integrated solenoid which is much cheaper to replace. You should be able to verify this yourself if you have no manual; trace the path of the (disconnected) positive cable. If it goes straight to a hump on the starter, then it is an integrated solenoid. If, instead, it goes to an object not attached to the starter other than by another heavy cable, this is the solenoid and can be replaced separately.  

Posted on Dec 14, 2008

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SOURCE: 1987 Buick Century 2.5 serpentine belt diagram

call a parts store they usually can provide you the routing for serpantine belts good luck getting it right though it can be tricky pay close attention to how the belt is routed :)

Posted on Jun 22, 2009

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SOURCE: i need a map of the fuse box of a 87 buick century

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Posted on Jul 13, 2009

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SOURCE: 1991 Century Buick V6 starter replacement.

remove the positive battery cable from the post
remove the 3 wires from the starter and the two bolts holding the starter to the block.
reverse the procedure for installation.

Posted on Oct 07, 2009

Testimonial: "I know that there is usually only 2 bolts to remove a starter. I've identified one bolt but was not sure about the location of the other one. Thanks"

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SOURCE: 1987 Buick Century, V6, 2.8L will not start. No

the 3 coils are mounted to the ignition module and as long as the sensors that signal the module to fire the coils individually are working I would try a module especially if all 3 coils are not firing..also if you have an ohmmeter for checking electrical resistance, the spec for the coils are 5000 to7000 ohms, measured between each coil from tower to tower (ie) #1and#4 2+5 and 3+6 any more than that and the coils are toasted..lol hope this helps also check the spark plug wires at each end maximum resistance is no more than 1000 ohms per inch,,,good luck

Posted on Nov 26, 2009

Testimonial: "Coils and plug wires check good. If the ignition switch is bad would it give a symptom of not controlling spark to the coils"

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