How do I fix/ replace starter on 1999 chevy malibu? Clicks a couple times then nothing when I try to start the car. Was working fine, stopped at the gas station to fill up and wouldnt start back up. Battery is fine and alternator is fairly new. Wont jump either.
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when mounting a chevy starter you must shim it down so it wont lock up when the bendix hits the flywheel..if it binds up it will burn up..there are different thicknesses of shims that fit between the block and the starter nose cone..use one or a combination of these to shim down enough that it wont drag..shim too far and it will spin out..I have owned chevys for years and have yet to see one that did not need shimmed down..these shims fit over the mounting bolts on the starter..
Intake gasket is shot or of it has been replaced it was poor work These engines are famous for intake gasket issues more so if it has GM dexcool antifreeze. 700-1000 in shop. Find a good back yarder. Parts arround 100. Couple hun for labour
Remove the power wires to the starter, turn the key to start to check for power, should have 13.6 volts, or what the capacity of you batteery is at the time, check it with a volt meter. If got power, replace starter or unbolt it from engine, it may be stuck in the flywheel,you'll see it release if just stuck,then replace on car and try to start before buying a starter.
define trying to catch. is the engune turning over but sounding like it may start then finally does? or does the starter spin but the engine is not turning unless you turn the key to start a few times if it is the latter it could very well be the starter. check to see if you have an oil leak onto the starter. if it very greasey then you will need to adress the oil leak too. the starter is located on the lower right side of the engine. (passanger side.)
disconnect negative battery terminal, raise vehicle,remove splash sheild, if equipped. take wires off of solenoid on starter, remove starter mounting bolts, remember not to mix up wires!! --to install--put starter back in vehicle put in bolts,hook up wires, then replace cable back on battery.
Does the starter make any noise or click when you turn the key to start? If it does not, chk. battery could be bad, and battery cables could be loose or corroded. If there good and clean and battery is good try tapping starter see if it will turn and start if it does or still clicks starter bad. It could be ignition switch if it does nothing at all, but if it clicks most likely its starter.