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Re: not able to reach the wires on my starter on 1996 gmc...
Look under the hood on the pass. side and down by the frame you will see the main power wire that runs from the batt. down to the starter.There is a wire clamp that has a 13mm bolt which secures the wire to the frame.Taking this off will allow more slack to pull the starter down further to access the wire.
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disconnect the battery first. then disconnect the wires going to the starter if you can reach them sometimes its easier to remove the 2 or 3 bolts holding the starter to the block or trany and then remove the wires. reverse the steps to put back together
TO REMOVE SPARK PLUG WIRES USE A SPARK PLUG BOOT PULLER BECAUSE PLUG BOOT PULLER MAKE IT EASIER TO REACH HARD TO REACH PLACES WHER YOUR HANDS CANNOT REACH BE SURE REPLACE PLUGS WIRE ONCE YOU REMOVE THEM.
start by diconnecting the negative battery terminal, Locate the starter under the truck, should be 2 bolts verticaly though the starter. Loosen both of the bolts but do not remove them. On top of the starter their should be a large and a small wire connected disconnect both of them ( if u cant reach or see them remove the starter by taking out the 2 verticle bolts then remover wires) once bolts and wires are off the starter just wiggle it into postion and remove between the motor/ exausht and frame. Try to remember how it comes out will make it simpler to fit going back in. if thier isnt enough clearence u may have to notch the frame or loosen the motor mounts and raise the engine slight with a floor jack.,
unhook the battery, there are 2 wires on the starter solenoid, 1 is a 5/16 nut and the other is a 9/16 nut remove those wires. this maybe easier to remove the heat shield first. next ther are two 9/16 bolts holding the starter in position, remove, and the starter will come out, about a 15min job
With starter removed, turn the flywheel with a tool. It is easier with tranny removed, but check for how easily it moves. Does engine have lots of power? Is the engine making any kind of knocking noises?
that is the solution I just did mine and had the same trouble. worked on it for about 2 hours. My son and i decided to diconnect the exhaust, so we jacked up the passenger side. that was enough pressure off so it just came out. you have to remove the tire also to disconnect the cylinoid wires and pull back that fender boot a little. it was a pain until we jacked up both sides. you do have to loosen the excaust from the manifold though. should have taken about an 1hr at most hope this helps