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Re: replacing starter in 4.3 l 2002 Blazer
The starter needs a good tap from the side sometimes they get really stuck on from the old gasket freezing to the motor block. I can remember a half dozen times I have had to do this especially on domestic models. Just make sure all the bolts are out first then tap it off from the side. Good Luck
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The starter is under the vehicle on the passenger side. The best way is to turn your wheels to the left so you can reach the top of the starter solenoid behind the passenger tire. First undo the nuts from the solenoid terminals, second loosen the bolts holding the bell housing for the flywheel and slide it over enough to make room, third undo the starter mounting bolts and the starter should come out easier. And just reverse the steps for installation.
rather easy just two bolts, no shims, the first thing i did was take my left front wheel off to reach through and unhook my wires, its a little bit of a tight fit but a short 13mm socket is what i used, then just take the two bolts out from the underside, slide it back and bring the nose down. comes right out!
#1 Disconnect the battery #2 Raise vehicle so you are able to slide under it. Use either jack stands or ramps #3 Get under vehicle #4 Disconnect battery cable from the solenoid by removing the nut holding it secure and then removing the cable itself #5 Remove the wires going to the S terminal on the solenoid(remaining terminal.)This will have a smaller nut securing it. #6 Remove the 2 bolts securing the starter to the engine block. Be careful as starters can be quite heavy! #7 Installation is reverse of removal!
raise the front of vehicle & support on jackstands.It will help to take off the (left wheel on2.2L models,right wheel on 4.3L models)Remove skid plate(if equipped)On 2.2 models remove front driveshaft.On some early models,it may be necessary to raise the engine/transmission with a floorjack an under the transmission and remove the transmission crossmember for access to the starter motor bolts.On models so equipped ,remove the starter heat shield.From under the vehicle, disconnect the solenoid wire and battery cables from the terminals on the solenoid.Remove the starter mounting bolts, and then remove starter motor (note location of shims)
Disconnect negative (-) batter cable
Locate the starter (under vehicle).
Remove electrical connections. (be sure to remember/take a picture/ make a drawing/ or mark which wires go to what posts)
Remove mounting bolts.
Remove starter, replace with new starter
Install mounting bolts
Install electrical connections
It's pretty simple on your Chevy. First, disconnect the negative battery cable. (I'm hoping you know where the starter is....... if not, climb under the truck and it's at the back corner of the engine mounted into the bell housing for the tranny.) There are a couple wires and two bolts. Disconnect the wires from the solenoid and the starter.
Loosen one of the bolts about halfway. (They're long bolts)
Remove the other bolt.
HOLD STARTER WITH ONE HAND and finish removing the other bolt.
Trust me on the above statement. It hurts when starters land on your forehead.
Wiggle the starter out of the bell housing it will drop right out. Watch to see if there are any shims between the starter and the block where the two bolts where, or on the flange where the starter goes into the bell housing. You'll see them if there are. They are thin metal ones. If you have them, make sure you reinstall them with the new starter. Some have them some don't. Even on the same year and model of cars/trucks.
Installation is the reverse of removal.
Put shims back on starter
Slide starter up into place
Hold with one hand and get one bolt started (do not tighten all the way).
Put other bolt in "snug" but not fully tight.
Snug up other bolt.
Once you determine starter is flush with bell housing, finish tightening the bolts.
Reinstall the wires.
Reconnect the negative battery cable.
Reset radio station pre-sets.
Put tools away.
Have a cold beer and pat yourself on the back for a job well done and $$ saved.
If all goes well, this is a 1/2 job for someone who has never done it. It's pretty easy.
ok.. Start with unhooking the battery, removing both drivelines, exhaust, and crossmember while supporting transmission with a jack. Remove all wiring connectors and hoses from transfer case. Remove starter, and torque converter bolts thru the starter hole..
remove the six transfer case to adapter bolts and slide off the transfer case. Disconnect all electrical connectors, hoses, and unbolt transmission cooler lines. Support the transmission with a jack, and remove all of the bellhousing bolts. You should be able to wiggle the transmission, and get it to back off of the engine and then should be able to lower it. Reverse procedure to install, and make sure the new one has fluid in it before you start it up.
you have to remove motor mount bolts.... with engine hoist lift engine to get clearance to remove oil pan......you have to remove starter... trans cover ....... sounds like a easy job its not....hopethis helps