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Re: starter location and tools needed to replace
It is located under the car toward the front of the motor by the oil filter. Look for a metal cylinder like object with a big 4 gauge wire going to it. To change the starter you will need to disconnect the battery. Using a 15mm socket and entension remove the 2 starter bolts. You may have to remove the oil filter to get enough clearance to get the starter out. Some cars have a 13 or 15mm bolt on the back of the starter for extra support. If your's has this you will need to remove it.once you pull the start down remove the 8mm and 13mm bolts that connect the wires to the starter. Be careful not to let the starter hang from the wires as they will break. Install the new one in reverse.
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Usually means your battery is dead. If your battery is good then you have a flat spot in your starter motor. You can check that if you turn the crank a little and it then starts, you have a flat spot and it needs replacing or renewing.
If your 1983 Buick Regal has a good battery but makes a clicking noise and will not start, you should check and make sure its getting spark, check your starter, also check your battery connections, and the starter cables.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Multi-cardiag M8
does it spin real fast without clanging and grinding against the flywheel? if so then its probably the solenoid bad. do you have to hit the starter with a hammer then it works? it is probably bad brushes or a worn motor. eather way i think you can only get a new starter and solenoid together not sold seperate. check for bad battery cables (loose).
TURN OFF RADIO FIRST TO KEEP FROM LOCKING IT OUT WHEN YOU DISCONNECT NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE. SOUND LIKE WEAK BATTERY OR STARTER MAKE SURE BATTERY CABLES CLEAN AND TIGHT.IF BATTERY GOOD REPLACE BATTERY CABLES.CHECK STARTER MAKE SURE STARTER SOLENOID AND STARTER OKAY.YOU CAN HAVE THEM TESTED AT AUTO PARTS STORE OR USE A REMOTE SWITCH.REMOVE STARTER FROM VECHICLE USE JUMPER CABLES.HOOK NEGATIVE GROUND CABLE TO BATTERY NEGATIVE THEN GROUND STARTER BODY WITH NEGATIVE BATTERY JUMPER CABLES HOOK POSITIVE JUMPER CABLE TO BATTERY POSITIVE AND STARTER POSITIVE TERMINAL.THEN HOOK REMOTE SWITCH TO STARTER STARTER SWITCH AND OTHER REMOTE WIRE TO STARTER POSITIVE TERMINAL.PRESS REMOTE STARTER WILL SPIN IF GOOD.MAKE SURE INJECTION PUMP STATIC AND DYNAMIC IS TIMING CORRECT BEFORE STARTING TRUCK.
You can bench test a starter. But be warned it jumps when the jumper cables are applied. Take and put the nut from the battery cable connection back on. Put the Positive battery lead of the jumper cable on that. Hook up the jumper cables to a good battery. Touch the negative battery cable to the mounting housing of the starter. A quick touch is all you need to do. If the starter is good it will will shoot out the starter drive gear and spin freely. The starter will jump and twist.
is your battery good? headlights nice and brite? are there any blown fuses? (fuses usually found under dash below steering wheel) do you hear a clicking noise? does it seem like your battery is low even though you know it is not? Is your car clicking when you try to start it?
does it make u think your battery is low, but it isnt?
Your starter solenoid will click but nothing else when u try to
start your car if your starter is not getting enough power from the
battery. This can be caused by a low battery, however it can fake you
out and seem like that battery was getting weaker and weaker over time
even tho what was actually happening was that the grounding cable
(black thick wire) going from the battery to the starter or a bolt on
something metal under your hood may actually be degrading over time and
test your ground cable with starter cables! put the negative(black) on
the battery then the other black end on anything metal that doesnt move
and is not painted. also make sure its not in a spot that could loosen
and fall into moving parts if the engines starts. Try starting your
engine. If it starts you now know that your ground cable is bad. They
are about $5 at autozone and 2 bolts to replace. Just follow it from
the battery down to where its bolted on.
Just spent 3 months w/same issues, i.e. intermittant starting on 95 tbird. All indications pointe to a starter solenoid/starter (a combo unit) which was replaced by Ford with rebuilt (new not available). Problem fine for awhile then continued so replaced ignition switch, park/neutral switch, checked all connections/cables/battery, checked for shorts/voltage drop. Finally discovered the "new" starter was intermittently bad. Ford replaced it only upon threat of small claims court. It worked fine on the bench but was not reliable. I suspect a cheap rebuild resulting in 'flat spots" on the armature... Never thought about a bad part and even when I did I had to fight to get it replaced.....