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Removed starter then re-installed and when attempt to start the long thin bolt that secures the pinnion gear comes loose

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Send a photo as the pinion gear is not secured by bolts
It is on the armature shaft and is moved by a fork attached to the solenoid plunger

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How to replace the starter on a 2007 honda civic

Starter Removal and Installation


1. Make sure you have the anti-theft code for the audio system and the navigation system (if equipped), then write down the audio presets.
2. Disconnect the negative cable from the battery first, then disconnect the positive cable.

3. Remove exhaust pipe A.

4. Remove the intake manifold bracket.

5. Remove the harness clamps (A) and harness connector (B) from each clamp.

6. Remove the two bolts securing the starter, then remove the starter from the engine.

7. Disconnect the starter cable (A) from the B terminal. Disconnect the connector (B) from the S terminal, then remove the starter.


1. Install the starter cable (A) and connector (B). Make sure the starter cable crimped side of the ring terminal faces away from the starter when you connect it.

2. Install the starter, then loosely install the upper mounting bolt (A) and lower mounting bolt (B).
3. Tighten the upper mounting bolt, then tighten the lower mounting bolt.

4. Install the harness clamps (A) and harness connector (B) to each clamp.

5. Install the intake manifold bracket.

6. Install exhaust pipe A. Use new gaskets (B) and new self-locking nuts (C).
7. Connect the positive cable to the battery first, then connect the negative cable.
8. Start the engine to make sure the starter works properly.
9. Enter the anti-theft code for the audio system and the navigation system (if equipped), then enter the audio presets.
10. Set the clock.

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How to remove starter motor

1. Disconnect battery terminals
2. Remove bolt and battery clamp
3. Remove battery
4. Clean battery tray
5. If equipped with cruise control, disconnect multiplug and hose from cruise control vacuum pump.
6. Release harness clips from battery carrier
7. Remove 4 bolts and remove battery carrier.
8. Remove battery carrier and cruise control vacuum pump (if equipped).
9. Release starter motor solenoid terminal cover.
10. Remove nut securing battery lead to solenoid and disconnect battery lead
11. Disconnect Lucar connector from starter solenoid.
12. Remove 3 bolts securing starter motor to gear box. Note that the left hand bolt also secures the mounting bracket for the Crankshaft Position (CKP) sensor multiplug.
13. Maneuver and remove starter motor from vehicle.
1. Clean the starter motor mating face on the gear box.
2. Install the starter motor by reversing the procedure in the removal instructions.
3. Before connecting the battery, clean the cable terminals and the battery posts.
4. Apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly or dielectric grese to battery terminals after connecting.

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How to take out the starter?

REMOVE KEY FROM IGNITION!!!!!! (SAFETY FIRST!!!!) UNHOOK..AND REMOVE THE BATTERY! DO NOT attempt this with the battery IN car..way too many things to go wrong.
Remove the battery and tray.

LOOK to the REAR of the engine,you'll see the TOP of the starter.. Loosen and remove the 14MM bolt/nut holding it on now down below

Drain radiator and Remove the lower radiator hose. This will let you squeeze the starter around the AC line.

THEN install the new starter,the one bolt you removed from the bottom,screw in the LAST 14MM bolt on the starter into the transmission LOOSELY!!!!!!!

GO up top,reinstall the TOP bolt,TIGHTEN THIS ONE FIRMLY,but NOT all the way... Go below,tighten the bottom bolt to final spec. RE-ATTACH ALL THE WIRES...make sure the trigger wire is snapped in fully. GO up top,FIRMLY tighten to spec the top bolt.. Re-install everything you removed up top then down below Reinstall the battery(MAKE SURE THE IGNITION IS OFF!!!!!) Hook up battery...

LOOK AT EVERYTHING...see if ANYTHING is loose.. CHECK EVERY BOLT YOU TOUCHED TO SEE THAT IT IS TIGHT, MAKE SURE ALL WIRES ARE IN PLACE... Crank it...Does it crank?? it should fire MUCH better then when you started....good luck..

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Where is the starter located?

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 START 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 START to the ON position, interrupting the starter current. A spring then returns the gear to its neutral position.

  1. Disconnect both battery terminals, negative first.
  2. 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.
Fig. 1: Gear reduction starter used on some Honda models

Fig. 2: Direct-drive starter used on some Honda models
  1. Remove the starter motor by loosening the attaching bolts.
To install:
  1. 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.
  2. Connect the wiring to the starter securely.
  3. Connect the battery cables, positive cable first.
  1. Remove the starter from the vehicle.
  2. Remove the screws securing the solenoid to the starter housing.
  3. 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.
To install:
  1. 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.
  2. Tighten the retaining screws until snug.
  3. Install the starter.
Good luck (remember rated and comment this post).

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hi from uk have read your symptoms and from what you have described your starting /failure to turn engine ? 1st have you checked the leads to the starter motor are secure ? especially the single thin wire that fits to the starter solenoid on a spade connector ensure it is fully clipped on ? if ok ? may i suggest you try this ?= connect a single jump lead to the earth connector post on battery then the other end of jump lead to a suitable earth connection on the engine then try starter ifthis works your problem is a faulty/corroded or loose earth connection from the battery to the chassis/andon to engine usually connected to a bolt on point where trans connects to engine ? for info i have come across this problem a few times on accents and found that for some reason the thin wire connected to starter solenoid had come loose due to not clipped fully on also the earth lead from batteries have not had clean/securety loose bolt hope this helps and wish you luck

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Believe starter on my 91 bird is bad get a massive clicking noise when attempting to start,were is starter located and is this a easy repair

Not super easy to replace but this is what it takes to do the job:

View of the starter on a V8

Disconnecting the starter wires

Loosening the starter mounting bolts

Removing the starter mounting bolts

Removing the starter

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  3. Disconnect all wiring from the starter solenoid. Replace each nut as the connector is removed (as thread sizes differ from connector to connector). Note or tag the wiring positions for installation.
  4. Remove the bracket from the starter and the two mounting bolts. On engines with a solenoid heat shield, remove the front bracket upper bolt and detach the bracket from the starter.
  5. Remove the front bracket bolt or nut. Lower the starter front end first, and then remove the unit from the car.
To install:
  1. Position the starter into place and secure it with the front bracket bolt and nut. Torque the two mounting bolts to 25-35 ft. lbs.
CAUTION If shims were removed, they must be replaced to ensure proper pinion-to-flywheel engagement.

  1. On engines with a solenoid heat shield, attach the bracket to the starter. Install the bracket to the starter and the two mounting bolts. Install the front bracket upper bolt.
  2. Connect all wiring to the starter solenoid and tighten the nuts.
  3. Lower the vehicle.
  4. Connect the negative battery cable.

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