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Having hard time removing the starter on 1996 gmc sonoma 4cly ? any suggetions ?

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  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2009

    I cant remove the starter from my 1996 gmc - sonoma, 4 cly. I have removed 3 bolts from the starter, removed the support bracket that runs from the transmission to the engine and still cant lower the unit or reach the two electrical connection nuts. I tried to raise the engine a couple inches for more clearance, that didn't work. The chilton manual says to disconnects the exhaust pipe from the manifold. Visually that does not make sense. Any suggestions?

  • Dave Hamilton May 11, 2010

    What are you having the problem with - exactly

    This is normally an easy proceedure.



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First jack up the truck from the front axle use a floor jack under the front of the truck, take off the drivers side tire beforehand.

Once in the air reach through the drivers side fenderwell and unloosen one of the exhaust bolts, then crawl under and loosen the other. There is NO doughnut gasket as my pipe simply slips into the other and is held in by the pressure of the two pipes nutted together. Next remove the flywheels cover. 6 bolts I believe. It's aluminum or pot metal whichever you call it and slide it around out of the way or else the nose of the starter will hang on this piece.

Next unbolt the 2 bolts holding the starter in place and gently drop it down. Next it may take 2 people to undo the wiring from the starter one from beneath the truck one beneath the fenderwell. Remove the wiring and whoever is beneath the truck should gently wiggle the starter out from between the frame and exhaust and there ya go, it's out.

I just did it so I know my method works. Takes about an hour to an hour and a half to get it out.

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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

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