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How to Change a Starter on a 2001 Honda CRV

by Chris Moore

The starter motor is the main component that turns over the CRV's engine to start it. This small motor is installed within the engine compartment and works with the ignition switch and the lock cylinder. There are not a lot of other engine components blocking the starter's access on the 2001 CRV model, so changing a starter is a relatively simple process. You must still show caution, as you are working directly with the electrical system.


Step 1

Disconnect the vehicle's negative battery cable. Check to see if the radio has an anti-theft system, and make sure you have the codes for it (they should be in the manual) before you do this.

Step 2

Unplug the electrical connector for the knock sensor by pressing its release button; a flat screwdriver may work better than your finger.

Step 3

Remove the bolt containing the harness bracket and the intake manifold bracket using a wrench, and then remove the manifold's bracket.

Step 4

Label the two wires connected to the starter motor by using colored tape or another type of labels; there is a wire for the starter's B terminal and the S terminal. Disconnect the two wires along with any clips connecting those wires to the starter.

Remove the two bolts mounting the starter in place by using the wrench, and then remove the starter motor.


Step 1

Install the starter motor and tighten its two bolts; Tighten the large bolt to 47 foot-pounds and the small one to 33 foot-pounds.

Step 2

Connect the wires to the starter motor, making sure the correct wire goes on the correct terminal on the solenoid.

Step 3

Reconnect the bracket for the intake manifold, and bolt it in place by using the bolt that connects it and the harness bracket.

Step 4

Connect the knock sensor's electrical connector; look for its release button to pop into place.

Re-attach the negative cable to the battery, and then perform the idle learn procedure for the Powertrain Control Module. This is needed so that the PCM "relearns" all of its functions.


  • Make sure all electrical components in the car are turned off when performing the PCM's idle learn procedure. Start the car and run the engine at 3000 RPM with the car in Park or Neutral until the cooling fan comes on. Let the engine idle for another 5 minutes (not including any time during the idling in which the cooling fan comes on.)

Items you will need

  • Flat-bladed screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Colored tape

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