How to Remove a Starter From Chevrolet Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Removing the starter from the Chevrolet car is a little different from the other Chevrolet car models but it's still an easy procedure. If the starter begins giving you trouble, then your best bet is to make sure it actually is the starter and not a fuse or a relay that is causing the problem. If you hear what sounds like a rapid clicking sound when you are trying to start the car, it's likely your starter but if it simply does nothing, it might just be something else.

Under The Hood:

 How to Remove a Starter From a 1998 Chevy Tahoe

Drive the Tahoe's front wheels carefully onto two car ramps. Shift into park, set the emergency brake and shut the engine off. You can also jack the front of the vehicle up and support it on jack stands placed under the frame.

Brace one of the rear tires with two wheel chocks to prevent the Tahoe from rolling off the ramps. Open the hood. Disconnect the Tahoe's negative battery cable end from the battery side terminal using a battery wrench.

Climb under the front passenger side of the engine. Remove starter heat shield retaining nuts using a socket wrench and 3/8-inch socket. Pull the shield off the starter and set it aside.

Raise the jack stand so the head of the stand rests against the belly of the starter to support it. Unbolt the starter wiring from the back of the starter with the socket and wrench.

Remove the starter retaining bolts using the socket wrench and ½-inch socket. Remove the starter from the side of the engine by hand and set it aside. Be aware the starter motor is very heavy.

Place the new starter motor into position atop the jack stand. Install the two starter retaining bolts using the socket and wrench and tighten them to 35 foot-pounds. Remove the jack stand from under the starter.

Reinstall the starter wiring with the socket and wrench. Place the starter heat shield in position and tighten the retaining nuts to 75 inch-pounds with the socket and wrench. Climb out from under the Tahoe.

Connect the negative battery cable to the battery side post terminal with the battery wrench. Remove the wheel chocks, close the hood and carefully back the Tahoe off the ramps or lower it off the jack stands.

Items you will need

  • 2 car ramps

  • 2 wheel chocks

  • Battery wrench

  • Jack stand

  • Socket wrench

  • 3/8-inch socket

  • 1/2-inch socket

 How to Remove a Starter in a 1997 Chevy Malibu

Disconnect the negative battery terminal by loosening the nut with a wrench. Disconnect the air inlet from the fuel throttle body. This looks like a large hose and you can remove it by loosening the screws on the clamp with the screwdriver and pulling it off.

Place the drain pan under the oil filter and take the oil filter off the car by turning it counterclockwise. Remove the top starter bolt using a ratchet and socket and then place the wheel chocks behind the rear wheels of the car.

Raise the car up using the automobile jack and place a jack stand under the frame near the jacking point of the car. Raise the jack stand up to the frame of the car.

Crawl under the car and remove the remaining bolt from the starter using a socket and ratchet. Maneuver the starter in a manner that gains you easier access to the wiring to the starter. Use a wrench to remove the nuts and then pull the wires off.

Pull the starter away from the engine.

Items you will need

  • Automobile jack

  • Jack stand

  • Wheel chocks

  • Drain pan

  • Screwdriver

  • Metric socket set

  • Metric wrench set

 How to Remove the Starter From a 2001 Chevy Duramax

Open the hood and remove the connection to the negative terminal on the battery using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Do the same on the positive terminal.

Remove the plastic fender liner on the passenger side of the truck, using the flathead screwdriver to pry off the clips. Crawl underneath the truck and locate the turbocharger exhaust pipe in front of the starter. Unbolt the exhaust pipe using the 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and sockets. Pull it out of the way.

Remove the electrical connections on the starter using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket and an open-end wrench. Unbolt the heat shield from around the starter with the ratchet. Support the starter with one hand and unbolt the starter from the bottom of the engine using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Slowly and carefully lower the starter off of the engine.

Items you will need

  • 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and socket set

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Open-end wrench set

 How to Remove the Starter in a 1997 Chevy Lumina

Remove any connection on the negative post of the battery using an open-end wrench and follow the same procedure on the positive terminal. Use the jack to elevate the front end of the Lumina, then set it on the jack stands.

Locate the starter on the driver's side of the engine, just below the oil filter. Remove the electrical connections on the starter using an open-end wrench.

Remove the plastic cover for the torque converter using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket to gain access to the bottom of the starter. Then hold the starter in one hand, and unbolt the starter from the engine block using a 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and socket. Lower the starter down and out away from the engine.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Open-end wrench set

  • 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and socket set

 How to Remove the Starter From a Chevy Metro

Open the hood of your Chevrolet Metro. Rest the hood on the support rod to maintain clear access to the engine compartment.

Disconnect the negative (black) battery cable with a wrench. Isolate the cable away from the battery. Remove the positive battery cable with a wrench and secure it away from the battery.

Raise the car with a jack and support it on a set of jack stands. Remove the jack once the jack stands are secure.

Crawl under the car and locate the starter motor on the lower part of the engine, near the rear. Disconnect the electrical connection on the starter solenoid. The connector simply plugs in and will pull straight off. Use a wrench to remove the retaining nut on the second electrical connection and pull the wire off the post.

Remove the lower mounting bolt with a socket and ratchet. Support the starter body with your hand and remove the upper mounting bolt. Pull the starter out of the engine compartment.

Install the new starter by reversing the removal steps. Torque the mounting bolts to 17 foot-pounds with a torque wrench.

Items you will need

  • Wrench set

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Socket and ratchet set

  • Torque wrench

 How to Remove the Starter in a K5 Blazer

Open the hood of your Blazer and locate the battery on the passenger side of the engine compartment. Loosen the bolt on the negative battery cable end with a wrench, then lift the cable off the battery.

Raise the front of your Blazer with a jack and support it with a set of jack stands positioned under the frame. Remove the jack, allowing the jack stands to securely hold the front of the truck off the ground.

Locate the starter motor on the passenger side of the engine from under the Blazer. Locate the starter mounting bolts on the front of the starter, running straight up through the starter motor and into the engine block from the bottom. Remove the bolts with a socket and ratchet while supporting the starter with your free hand.

Drop the starter low enough to reach the starter wires connected to the back of the starter solenoid. There are two terminals--the "S" and the "B" terminals--and both are marked on the solenoid. Remove the retaining nuts from both terminals with a socket and ratchet or a wrench, then slide the wires off the terminals.

Lower the starter out of the engine compartment. Move the old starter motor out from under the truck. You can now have it tested or replace it with a new starter motor.

Items you will need

  • Wrench set

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Socket set

  • Ratchet

 How to Remove the Starter on a 1990 Chevy Pickup

Open the hood of your Chevy and locate the battery. Remove the negative battery cable from the battery after loosening the adjustment bolt on the battery cable end with a wrench.

Raise the front of the truck with a jack so you can comfortably work under it. Position a set of jack stands under the frame rails of the truck, then lower the jack so the truck is resting on the jack stands.

Locate the starter on the passenger side of the engine, then find the two electrical connectors on the rear of the starter solenoid on the top of the starter. Remove the two nuts securing the connectors to the solenoid, using a socket and ratchet; then push the wires aside.

Move to the front of the starter and locate the two large bolts that run through the starter from the bottom and into the engine block. These are the starter retaining bolts. Remove the retaining bolts with a socket and ratchet.

Carefully lower the starter motor down from the engine compartment. Remove the starter from under the truck.

Items you will need

  • Wrench set

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Socket set

  • Ratchet

 How to Remove a Starter on a 1999 Chevy Suburban

Disconnect the negative battery cable with a socket wrench. Be sure to place the cable away from metal to prevent spark. Raise the Suburban on a hoist or jack stand to a comfortable level.

Remove the starter solenoid bracket and starter shield with a standard screwdriver. The starter and stater solenoid are located together, near the bottom of the motor and toward the transmission.

Remove the starter solenoid wires with a socket wrench. There are two wires attached to their own solenoid connector. Replace each solenoid nut, to the solenoid connector, to prevent confusion during starter replacement. Each nut has its own unique thread.

Remove the two starter mounting bolts with a socket wrench. They are located on both sides of the starter, on the outside of the starter mounting bracket. Remove the starter by pulling it out of the starter mounting bracket.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench

  • Truck hoist or jack stands

  • Standard screwdriver

 How to Remove the Starter for My '98 Chevy Blazer

Pull your Blazer to a flat location where the front of the vehicle is openly accessible.

Pop the hood and disconnect the negative (black) terminal from the battery using a crescent wrench.

Climb under the vehicle and locate the starter near the base of the radiatior carriage. The starter is an aluminum-coated cylindrical part with an electrical connection at the top.

Remove the starter's electrical connections using the socket wrench. Be sure to keep track of the small connection washer, as you will have to reinstall this with a replacement starter.

Remove the two mounting bolts around the sides of the starter using the socket wrench. These may be slightly corroded or rusted, so it may take some force to remove them.

Gently slide the starter out of its housing.

Items you will need

  • Crescent wrench

  • Socket wrench

 How to Remove the Starter on a Geo Tracker

Apply the emergency brake, then lift the hood on your Tracker. Unbolt the negative cable from the battery with a socket wrench. Wrap black electrical tape around the terminal at the end of the negative battery cable. Lay the cable down within the engine compartment away from all other metal, including the engine.

Raise the car with a hydraulic jack behind the front, driver’s-side tire. Position a jack stand beneath the frame rail near the hydraulic jack to help support the weight of the car.

Slide under your Tracker head first and visually locate the starter. Look for it on the side of the engine. It mounts exactly where the transmission and engine meet. The starter resembles a large metal capsule. The solenoid attaches to the top of it.

Label the two wires connected by nuts to the solenoid clearly with white painter’s tape. This will help you remember their places once you remove them.

Remove both of the nuts holding the two solenoid wires in place with your socket wrench. Take the wires off their terminal studs. Remove the third wire--black--from the solenoid by hand. Grasp the wire by its rubber boot and pinch it between two fingers, then pull it off its connection. Tuck all three of the wires out of your immediate working area.

Remove the upper mounting bolt at the base of the starter with a socket wrench. Grasp and hold the starter with one hand, then remove the lower mounting bolt from the starter with your socket wrench as well. Pull the starter outward 3 inches from its mounting position and lower it out of the engine compartment with both hands. The starter re-installs in reverse.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench set

  • Black electrical tape

  • Hydraulic jack

  • Jack stand

  • White painter’s tape