Honda Accord/Prelude 1984-1995 Repair Guide
Accords and Preludes may be fitted with either a direct-drive
starter or a gear reduction starter. The differences are internal and
depend on the manufacturer of the starter.
The two units are similar in operation and service. Both
starters are 4-pole, series wound, DC units to which an outboard
solenoid is mounted. When the ignition switch is turned to the
position, the solenoid armature is drawn in, engaging the
starter pinion with the engine flywheel. When the starter pinion and
flywheel are fully engaged, the solenoid armature closes the main
contacts for the starter, causing the starter to crank the engine
When the engine starts, the increased speed of the flywheel
causes the gear to overrun the starter clutch and rotor. The gear
continues in full mesh until the ignition is released from the
position, interrupting the starter current. A spring then
returns the gear to its neutral position.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Fig. 1: Gear reduction starter used on some Honda models
Fig. 2: Direct-drive starter used on some Honda models
Disconnect both battery terminals, negative first.
Disconnect the large cable from the starter motor; label and
disconnect the wiring to the starter solenoid. Certain
engine/transmission combinations have an engine harness secured in a
clip on the starter or transaxle. Remove the harness from the clip and
position it out of the way.
Remove the starter motor by loosening the attaching bolts.
STARTER SOLENOID REPLACEMENT
To install, reverse the removal procedures. Tighten the
starter-to-engine bolts to 47 ft. lbs. (64 Nm) on the Accord V-6 and 32
ft. lbs. (45 Nm) on other models.
Connect the wiring to the starter securely.
Connect the battery cables, positive cable first.
Remove the starter from the vehicle.
Remove the screws securing the solenoid to the starter housing.
Pull out the solenoid. On the Nippodenso type, there is a spring
on the shaft and a steel ball at the end of the shaft, be sure not to
lose them. On the Mitsuba type, move the solenoid away from the plane of
the armature to disengage it from the solenoid lever.
Install the solenoid with a new gasket (if equipped). On the
Mitsuba type, make certain the lever is correctly installed to, and
engaged with, the lever. On the Nippodenso unit, make certain the steel
ball and spring are correctly placed. All the sliding surfaces of the
solenoid should be lightly greased before installation.
Tighten the retaining screws until snug.
Install the starter.
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