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The starters on some engines require the addition of shims to provide proper clearance between the starter pinion gear and the flywheel. These shims are available in 0.015 in. (0.4mm) sizes from Buick, Oldsmobile and Pontiac dealers. Flat washers can be used if shims are unavailable.
Important: disconnect the negative battery cable before proceeding.
Raise the vehicle to a convenient working height and safely support it with jackstands.
Remove the exhaust crossover pipe.
Disconnect all wiring from the starter solenoid. Replace each nut as the connector is removed, as thread sizes differ from connector to connector. Tag the wires for later connection.
Remove the flywheel housing cover and disconnect the oil cooler lines at the transmission, if necessary.
Starter removal on certain models may necessitate the removal of the frame support. This support runs from the corner of the frame to the front crossmember. To remove:
Loosen the mounting bolt that attaches the support to the corner of the frame.
Loosen and remove the mounting bolt that attaches the support to the front crossmember and then swing the support out of the way.
Install the crossmember and mounting bolts. Torque the bolts to 80 ft. lbs. (109 Nm).
Remove the front bracket from the starter and the two mounting bolts. On engines with a starter solenoid heat shield, remove the front bracket upper bolt and detach the bracket from the starter.
Remove the front bracket bolt or nut. Lower the starter front end first, then remove the unit from the vehicle.
Installation is the reverse of removal. Make sure that any shims removed are replaced (please refer to the shimming procedure). Torque the two mounting bolts to 25-35 ft. lbs. (34-48 Nm). Connect the starter wires and install heat shields if removed.
I did a google image search for "remove starter voyager" and came up with the attached images. Assuming you have a 3.3 or 3.8 litre engine, the starter is located on the front side of the engine near the radiator, on the battery side of the engine. It's a bit of a pain to get to, but it is do-able. Removing the air intake housing attached to the top of the radiator will be necessary to get to the top bolt. I'm sure I don't have to mention, but I will; remove the negative cable from the battery to prevent accidental shorts when removing power cables from the starter. If you haven't already bought a new starter, you can get contact replacement kits to replace the copper contacts inside the starter. Much cheaper, and it is rather simple to do once you have the starter out.
Good day allen,
raise your vehicle high enough to slide under. make sure you support the vehicle when raised.
Now some voyagers have a plastic shield underneath for protection. Remove this shield.
Remove the positive from the battery, Make sure all your tools are near you. remove the wires from your
starter and take note how the are seated. With a ratchet, remove the two bolts.that hold the starter in place
Sometimes there is a shield near the Tranny/Motor which needs to be remove before you remove the started
When you get the new starter reverse this this letter
Caravan, Grand Voyager, Town and Country, Voyager,
Starter - Removal & Installation
Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
Remove or disconnect the following:
Negative battery cable
Starter harness connectors
To install: Install or connect the following: Starter motor. Torque the bolts to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm).
Starter harness connectors. Torque the battery cable nut to 100
inch lbs. (11 Nm).
Negative battery cable
1. The Upper Bolt is easily accessed from the front of the vehicle going OVER the right side of the radiator. It is partially hidden by a black brace. There is a black ground wire going to where a nut(s) are located. This first nut will allow you to take off the ground connection, however the bolt has another nut further in (to the left) which is totally hidden. Remove this first nut. 2. After the first nut is off, remove the ground wire, then using a deep socket 15mm socket remove the second nut which is welded/attached to the bolt. 3. Go under the vehicle to remove the wires from the Starter. The first wire is the positive cable (should be red) attached on the solenoid portion of the starter. Remove the nut and lock washer and detatch the wire. The second wire (single small gauge) goes to the solenoid and is connected using a slide lock - press release connection. It is difficult to see the slide lock and the press release located on the top side of the connection. Slide the red slide lock out and press the release, and pull out the connection straight out. Do not force it, or it may damage the connector. Note the placement of the bottom bolt position on the Starter. DO NOT remove the two (2) small, but long connector bolts on the wire connection end of the starter. 4. Remembering the noted postion: remove the lower 15mm bolt from the Starter. The bolt head is located on the back side of plate moving towards the left side of the Van. It is easily accessed from underneath in front of the transmission. Near the end of removing this bolt, support the starter or it will fall out. 5. Remove the Starter, noting the position of the starter. There should be a separate starter facing plate. If if didn't come down with the starter check up in the starter to flywheel opening and remove the plate. 6. Installation is Reverse of above. The facing plate is a little tricky getting it to stay in place. By starting with the bottom bolt it is easier, Make sure you continuously support the Starter in position to save crossthreading the bolt or starter. Hand tighten only the bottom bolt as youwnat to be able to turn the starter slightly to get the top bolt in. Starter Bolts are tigthen to 35 ft-lbs. Let me know if it helped or if you need additional help at fixya.com
jack up the front of the van support it on jack stands blck the rear wheels it's better to do it on level ground:) disconnect the negative battery cable and remove the two starter bolts holdind the starter up be carefull when removing the starter as it can be a little heavy when dropping it down also make a note if there are any shims in between the starter and engine to replace them whren putting it back together. also make sure you note the wiring connections so the can be replaced in the same order they are removed. it's basically like a puzzle:) the starter is located right next to the transaxle good luck:)
There shouldn't be any hardware to remove to get to the starter bolts. You should try removing the bolt you can see and see if the starter comes off. There is a small chance the other bolt is broken. It may be in a spot you can't see as well. You may have to try to feel around the starter in places you can't see and feel for a bolt.
John: It's not bad at all. Ijust replace my starter on my F150. Here's the steps. 1. Jack up your car and please use jack stands. Don't rely on your jack when you are under the car. Safety first!!!! 2. disconnect the ground terminal of the battery. 3. get under the car and disconnect the terminals on the starter. There should be 2. one is a large cable that comes directly from the battery and the 2nd is a smaller wire that comes from the ignition key. 4.Loosen the bottom bolt first and remove. 5. Loosen and remove the top bolt. It helps if you have a helper that holds the heavy starter as you remove the top bolt. You can do it your self, just be careful. 6. Remove the starter. I assume that the new starter also has a new solenoid already attached to the new starter. 7. Installation is the reverse. Start the top bolt first. this is a little tricky because the starter is heavy. 8. There's not a lot of room on most cars. Be patient and don't hurry.
Hope this helps. Good luck Loringh PS Please give me a rating