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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.
There are two bolts holding your starter in. One long one towards the engine, and one short one towards the radiator. The cover you speak of has two 10mm bolts holding it on and will need to be removed to remove the starter.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove (UPPER RADIATOR CROSS MEMBER) and relocate (UPPER RADIATOR CROSS
MEMBER REMOVED) the upper radiator crossmember, (Refer to 23 -
BODY/EXTERIOR/RADIATOR CROSSMEMBER - REMOVAL).
Remove the radiator fan module (FAN MODULE IN VEHICLE) (Refer to 7 - COOLING/ENGINE/RADIATOR FAN - REMOVAL).
Remove the wiring harness clip from front mount.
Remove the coolant line clamp bolt (COOLANT LINE BRACKET).
Remove the upper nut from the front mount (FRONT RUBBER MOUNT UPPER NUT).
Remove the upper starter mounting bolt (UPPER STARTER BOLT).
Remove the middle starter bolt (MIDDLE STARTER BOLT).
Raise vehicle and support.
Remove the lower front mount nut (FRONT RUBBER MOUNT IN POSITION).
Raise and support engine (SUPPORT ENGINE).
Remove the lower bracket bolt to transmission (BRACKET TRANS BOLT).
Remove the lower bracket bolt to engine block (BRACKET ENGINE BLOCK BOLT).
Relocate the front mount and bracket.
Disconnect the positive battery cable from starter
Disconnect the solenoid connector from starter.
Remove the lower starter bolt (STARTER LOWER BOLT).
Remove starter from vehicle.
If the two mounting bolts on the starter are removed , the only thing holding the starter in is a sealing o-ring. If you gently pull or lever the starter with a screw driver, it will pull straight out of the crankcase.
Determine the reset code for your factory installed stereo system. The
anti-theft system in place will shut down when you disconnect the battery
cables. You will need the reset code for your stereo to work following starter
Park your Honda on a level surface, activate the emergency brake and place
blocks behind the back tires for safety. Disconnect the negative battery cable
with a terminal puller. Disconnect the positive battery cable. Raise the front
end of the car with a
jack for easier access to the starter.
Remove the starter motor wiring harness in 2.2L, 2.3L and 2.7L engines. In
2.2L and 2.3L engines, your next step is to find the bracket on the starter
motor and disconnect the lower radiator hose. In 3.0L engines, you need to
remove the Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) cooler.
Locate and remove the starter cable from terminal-B on the back of the
solenoid (for all four engine sizes). Disconnect the black and white cable from
Unfasten the two starter mounting bolts from the transaxle assembly. Remove
the third mounting bolt at the back of the starter. Place all bolts and nuts in
the baby food jar to prevent loss. Remove the malfunctioning
Take your malfunctioning starter to the parts store with you. Aftermarket
distributors remanufacture most of the starters they sell, so you can likely
obtain a partial credit toward your new starter by exchanging your old one. Be
sure that you take care not to damage the starter in transit, because the better
condition it is in, the more you can get for it.
Purchase a replacement starter that has the same or higher cranking capacity
(power rating) as the original starter in your Honda . Also, match the bolt
patterns, drive gears and electrical connections. Your owner's manual may list
specifications or the auto parts technician will help you determine them.
Download a free owner's manual at Honda Service
Install the New Starter
Position the starter next to the transaxle assembly and replace all three
mounting bolts. For 2.2L, 2.3L and 3.0L engines, torque the mounting bolts to 33
foot pounds (45 Nm) and the wire terminal nut to seven foot pounds (nine Nm).
For 2.7L engines, torque the mounting bolts to 47 foot pounds (64 Nm) and the
wire terminal nut to 6.5 foot pounds (nine Nm).
Reconnect the wire cable to terminal-S and the starter cable to terminal-B.
Be sure that the crimped side of the terminal end is facing out when
reinstalling the heavy gauge starter cable. If applicable, replace the lower
radiator hose (2.2L and 2.3L engines) and the ATF cooler (3.0L engines).
Reinstall the starter motor wiring harness.
Lower your Honda back to the ground. Reconnect the positive battery cable,
followed by the negative battery cable. Turn the key in the ignition to see if
your new starter motor functions correctly.
Enter the anti-theft code for your stereo system and any
If it is for the 4 cylinder, it's not that easy as the intake manifiold needs to be removed before the starter can be removed as the starter is under the intake manifold. Once the manifold is removed then it's a matter of a couple bolts and connections. It's not that quick a job.
1st disconnect neg battery cable, then check the connections of all wiring to starter to make sure there's no corrosion, or bad connections. If anything looks corroded, clean it up with fine sandpaper or a wire brush, reconnect and see if it works. If not, remove the starter: disconnect neg battery cable 1st (always), then pos.,then disconnect large cable from starter, then label and remove wires to starter solenoid, some models have a clip holding engine harness (bundle of wires), remove clip and move wires out of the way, remove starter mounting bolts. Reverse to install. Good Luck Countrycurt0