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How to Change the Starter on a 2001 Chevy Impala 3400

by Russell Wood

The starter on a 2001 Chevy Impala 3400 turns over the engine when you start the car. Over the years, the starter will engage thousands of times, eventually wearing out and failing to function properly. When that happens, you will have to remove the starter and either have it repaired or replace it. Changing the starter on a 2001 Chevy Impala should take you about an hour.


Pop the hood. Remove the negative terminal from the battery with an open-end wrench. Do the same with the positive terminal. Lift the front of your Impala with a jack. Lower the car onto jack stands for support. Remove the jack.


Unbolt the lower radiator air deflector from the chassis using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Pull it to the side. Locate the connection between the transmission and the motor. Remove the torque converter cover at the bottom of the transmission, using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket.


Locate the starter on the driver's side of the engine block. Unbolt the connections on the starter with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket, taking note of where each connection mounts for future reference. Unbolt the starter from the engine block. Lower it carefully from the engine using both hands for support.


Lift the replacement starter up and place it in the engine compartment. Secure the starter with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Reconnect the electrical connections using the ratchet. Reinstall the torque converter cover and the lower air deflector using the ratchet.


Reconnect the negative terminal on the battery and then the negative terminal using an open-end wrench. Raise the front of the Impala with the jack above the jack stands. Remove the jack stands. Lower the car to the ground.

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About the Author

Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.

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