Remove the Malfunctioning Starter
Install the New Starter
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
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