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Replacing a 97 honda accord starter

How would I replace a 97 honda accord starter? It's a 3.1 engine. Do you know of a good site that has some pics for me to look at too? I appreciate your help.

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  • melilkrazy Jan 15, 2009

    thank you so much for responding :) the symptoms that i am having is that there is a clicking sound when i try to start the car. we switched batteries with someone that we knew worked, so it is not a battery problem. we were able to start it right after we found a problem by hitting the starter with a metal rod. however, we are doing the same now and it won't start. if this sounds like something different to you please let me know. again, i appreciate your response.

  • tygrty Mar 25, 2009

    I would like to see how to replace a starter for 1997 honda accord

  • silver top May 11, 2010

    hi thankx for update re starter if as you mentioned ? starter worked when given a cloute with bar ? then considering there is no prob with battery and connections may i suggest that you remove the starter as previously explained in last post i suspect that the starter pinion gear is probably contaminated with clutch dust etc and is sticking/failing to throw pinion out to engage flywheel ring gear properly hence clicking ? if you do remove starter then you will see? clean it wd40 and not oil to free off and ensure pinion rotates and pull out the pinion to clean shaft too your fault is not uncommon other than the above you could obtain or diy a test of starter b4 you refit ?

  • silver top May 11, 2010

    hi from uk are you sure starter is problem? what symptoms do you have? b4 you spend $$$s on starter ? however to change starter motor is not difficult even for diyer with tools but is made much easier working from underneath car ie use of pit or ramps ? b4 you start job DISCONNECT ! the negative lead from battery 1st! then positive lead then look at rear of engine or follow the positive lead from battery it will lead you to the starter solenoid which is part of starter disconnect the 2 cables from solenoid and the thinner wire which is connected to its own terminal ok? then the starter is secured with three bolts to the engine/transmission case unbolt then remove starter ? renewal is reverse to removal make sure you reconnect the positive battery lead 1st! then negative 2nd! this proceedure prevents sparking of terminals when connecting hope this helps? and am sure you will not need diagram when you see starter ? hope this inspires you ? best wishes ¬

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I haven't fixed the problem but I don't have any money to pay for a plan on here. thank you anyway.

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  • Clarence Rutherford Nov 22, 2011

    I just replaced the starter in my 97 Honda Accord yesterday.. it was much easier than I thought.
    My Honda is a four cylinder and the car is front wheel drive. So:
    On left side of engine, Just below the distributer cap (where the spark plug wires come out of engine), and to the right of the radiator hose, you will see a soda can sized cylinder.. the starter and it's solenoid can (with wires) is mounted together there.
    -I found the best way to get to it is to remove the battery, and remove the plastic tray upon which the battery sits.
    -The radiator hose that is clipped to the starter bracket needs to be moved out of the way. Disconnect it from it's upper connection to engine! Not at the radiator.. this is both easier and will not lose all of your coolant. Just undo it, keep it upright and fold it forward and out of the way.. keeping it upright to avoid spilling coolant.
    -Now, there is a cable that is also connected to the starter bracket that also held the radiator hose, follow the cable up and back to where it goes up to the next plastic hook that holds it in place.. unhook the cable here. This will allow you to pull the cable up to the distributer cap and keep it out of your way.
    At the starter.. the cable is hooked to the bracket in two places.. keep the rear hook connected but undo the frontmost hook. This will allow a wrench in for removal.
    -undo the electrical connections. One is larger and is a nut under a rubber boot, and the other is a spade connector that needs to be gently rocked and slid off.
    -now you are ready to undo bolts.
    It was very helpful to have the starter in hand so I could compare and more easily find the rear mounting bolt.. if you do not have it with you.. then you will find the rear mounting bolt is just under the metal rod that holds the starter can together.. there are two of these rods.. one to the front and one to the rear. Feel under the rear rod for mounting bolt. Undo it, and undo the front bolt.
    -gently slide starter out of it's position.. bringing it forward through the battery's former position.
    -reverse the method to install.. very easy.
    -Verify that the new starter has the same number of teeth!
    I spent $167.00 (USA) on a reconditioned starter and got $50 back from store for the old one.

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