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STARTER - 1993 cutlass ciera

Need to replace the starter on a 1993 cutlass ciera and have no clue where it's located and what is needed to replace it.

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  • evansgirl Dec 09, 2008

    My car died after it spit and sputtered. I was told a year ago that my starter/solenoid would need replacing soon. I do not know where or how to change it.


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According to Chilton's, and assuming you have the 3300 V-6, it won't be fun. The first instruction is to drain the air conditioning system, and remove the front manifold. The starter is between the engine and the radiator. The deal breaker for me is the A/C draining/refill. If anyone knows of a way to avoid the A/C drain, let me know. Otherwise, I may just preemptively replace mine before my buddy runs low on R-12.

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  • amread2 Feb 10, 2011

    Well I just replaced the starter in my 1993 cutlass ciera with a 3300 V-6 and it was much easier than described by dschaff. You do not have to drain anything or remove the manifold.
    1. disconnect battery
    2. find starter under front side of the engine
    3. disconnect wires from starter
    4. remove plastic protector, one bolt
    5. remove starter bolts, there are two, one in front of frame rail one behind,
    6. unhook wire harness that is on top of the frame rail by A/C pump, and move out of the way.
    7. roll the solenoid side of the starter down and start to slide starter down and out towards the passenger side of the car.
    8. it should be out with not too much hassle, just remember how you slid and rolled it out because you’ll reverse that to put the new starter in.

  • DjFor Jehovah May 04, 2013

    ty so much I had spent 3 hrs online looking for what you told me. it was off within 5-10 minutes after I read your post . ty so much. steven wirey Camby, In


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Here's an easier way to remove/replace the starter by simply using a 15mm swivel head socket (or 3/8" drive 15mm socket with a swivel adapter). Jack up and support the driver's side of the car so you can crawl under the engine mount/cross member. Remove the plastic starter dust shield attached to the engine bell housing... it's kind of wedged in there but can be removed after a bit of twisting and turning. Also, unclip the flexible shielded bundle of cables from the crossmember. then disconnect the larger orange/+ battery cables and the purple command wire from the starter solenoid, use the 15mm swivel socket on a 4" extension to first loosen/remove the short starter mounting bolt ( located toward the front of the crossmember and torqued to 30 lb-ft) Then loosen the longer starter mounting bolt (located toward the rear of the crossmember). The starter will 'drop' down as you do this, and can be supported by wedging a long screwdriver between the top of the crossmember and the starter body... when the bolt is fully unthreaded, reach up and slightly twist/turn the starter clockwise so the protruding bolt clears the back side of the crossmember and can be removed. Remove the screwdriver and let the starter down to rest on top of the crossmember, where it can then easily be lifted/twisted out of the car.

Install the new starter using the same steps in reverse order...with two important tips...1) you want to slide the long starter bolt into the starter when it's slightly rotated (clockwise in the cavity) to clear the backside of the crossmember... then rotate the starter into its proper alignment and wedge the starter up against the engine. The bolt may try falling out, but will come to rest on TOP of the crossmember where you can push it back up and get it 'started' into the threaded hole by hand...tightening up with the 15mm socket 2) For the wedge, instead of using a screwdriver to lever the starter up against the engine, wedge it in place with something fairly'soft' (like a piece of 2 x 4 wood... or a plastic flashlight like I did)

Using this process it took me about 15 minutes to remove my son's starter, and about 20 to re-install it.

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How do yo get to the long bolt

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