How to Change a Starter in a Chevy Astro '97

by Russell Wood

The starter motor on a 1997 Chevrolet Astro van takes the electricity stored in the battery and uses it to turn the flywheel and start the van. When the starter motor fails, the car will not start. Fortunately, getting to and replacing the starter is a fairly straightforward process, and should take about an hour.


Pop the hood. Locate the battery on the fender well. Disconnect the negative terminal on the battery with an open-end wrench, then follow up with the positive post. Lift the front of the Astro using the jack and set the frame on the jack stands.


Locate the starter motor on the passenger side of the vehicle, back where the transmission and engine are bolted together. Label each of the connections on the starter using the masking tape and permanent marker. Make sure each label is clear enough for you to understand when you install the replacement starter. Remove all connections on the starter using an open-end wrench.


Unbolt the starter from the engine with the ratchet, extension and sockets. Use both hands to take the starter away from the engine carefully. Set the replacement starter onto the engine and bolt it in place using the 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and sockets.


Connect the starter wiring to the starter with a wrench, using the labels you made as your guide for their proper location. Reconnect the battery terminals, starting with the positive terminal and ending with the negative. Lower the van off the jack stands with the jack.

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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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