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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: starter removal
Don't rely on a Chinese jack to keep the car high enough to crawl under it.
Use wheel chocks of some kind and jackstands after raising the car high enough.
The battery will have to be disconnected; take the negative (ground) clamp off first, then the positive; keep in mind that disconnecting the battery is going to play havoc with alarm systems and perhaps anti-theft protections on the radio. Perhaps someone here can describe better what to expect.
The starter is generally snug to the engine with one end free, the other inserted in the bellhousing of the transmission where the flywheel is housed. The first thing to do on the starter would be to disconnect the cable coming from the battery or solenoid; this will be a heavy gauge cable. Depending on whether the starter has an integrated solenoid or not, there may also be a light gauge wire connected which carries the 12 V from the ignition switch (start position) to operate an integrated solenoid which is simply a relay with a coil powered by the ignition switch and a set of very heavy contacts that are closed with a bar to supply the 120-200 maps of starting current.
There probably won't be more than two beefy bolts (could be 3 though) that hold the starter onto the bell housing and pass through flanges on the starter.
Starters are pretty heavy for their size (lots of steel and copper) so don't get your face too close to it once the bolts are removed.
A cautionary note: be sure you really need a starter and not only a non-integrated solenoid which is much cheaper to replace. You should be able to verify this yourself if you have no manual; trace the path of the (disconnected) positive cable. If it goes straight to a hump on the starter, then it is an integrated solenoid. If, instead, it goes to an object not attached to the starter other than by another heavy cable, this is the solenoid and can be replaced separately.
Posted on Dec 14, 2008
The coolant level sensor is located on the radiator. If you are looking at the engine from the front of the car it will be on the left side. There will some kind of clip holding it in the radiator. Removed the clip and pull the sensor out. You will lose coolant so try to swap it out quick or drain some of the coolant out. Once new sensor is installed, install clip to keep the sensor in place and reconnect the wires to the sensor. Crank the engine and make sure the coolant level is full. This should correct your problem.
Posted on Jan 04, 2009
Inside the trunk, under the carpet behind the tail lights will be a whole bunch of small plastic nuts, running from one side of the car to the other. Take all of these plastic nuts off, and the whole tail light assembly will come off in one large piece. Find the bulb you need to replace, and reassemble
Posted on Apr 06, 2009
First, what is the problem that you need to replace the actuator? Is the air flow from the vents not changing? If this is the problem, the actuator is inside the venting behind the control panel and is difficult to get to but is possible. Follow the hoses on back of temp controls to the actuator. There should be 2 small bolt screws to remove to change out actuator.
If this is for something else, let me know
Posted on Jul 01, 2009
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