How to Remove the Starter From Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

If your Dodge car diesel is in need of a new starter, you can remove it yourself and save yourself a large repair bill. The starter motor on the diesel Dodge car is a larger, heavy duty unit that has the higher torque required to turn over the high-compression diesel Dodge car. New starters are available from the Dodge car dealer and most automotive parts stores if you need to replace it with a new one. Removing the starter on a Dodge car diesel is no different than removing one on a gas Dodge car.

Under The Hood:

 How to Remove the Starter From a Kia Spectra

1.6-Liter Spectra

Disconnect the negative battery terminal using a hand wrench. Lift the car up on the car lift to gain access to the starter. Put on the safety glasses before going underneath the Spectra.

Use the ratchet and a socket to remove the four intake manifold stay bracket bolts. Remove the bracket.

Disconnect the electrical connections from the starter using the ratchet and a socket.

Remove the two upper starter bolts using the ratchet and a socket.

Remove the lower starter bolt using the ratchet and a socket, and then remove the starter. To install, reverse the procedure.

1.8-Liter Spectra

Disconnect the negative battery terminal using a hand wrench. Lift the car up on the car lift to gain access to the starter. Put on the safety glasses before going underneath the Spectra.

Spray the exhaust pipe (below the starter) connections with a liberal amount of penetrating lubricant and allow to soak. Apply more lubricant spray to the connections between the next three Steps.

Remove the two upper intake manifold support bracket bolts using the ratchet and a socket.

Disconnect the electrical connections from the starter using the ratchet and a socket.

Remove the two upper starter bolts.

Disconnect the exhaust pipe nuts and bolts. Use a wrench to hold the head of the bolt stationary while using the ratchet and a socket to remove the nuts. Remove the exhaust pipe.

Remove the lower intake manifold support bracket bolts using the ratchet and a socket, then remove the bracket.

Remove the lower starter bolt using the ratchet and a socket and then remove the starter. To install, reverse the procedure.

2.0-Liter Spectra

Disconnect the negative battery terminal using a hand wrench. Lift the car up on the car lift to gain access to the starter. Put on the safety glasses before going underneath the Spectra.

Disconnect the starter cable from the "B" terminal using a ratchet and a socket.

Remove the connector from the "S" terminal.

Remove the two starter bolts using a ratchet and a socket, then remove the starter.

Reverse the procedure to install.

Items you will need

  • Car lift

  • Safety glasses

  • Penetrating oil

  • Ratchet and metric socket set

  • Hand wrench set

 How to Remove the Starter in a Dodge Cummins Engine

Remove the negative battery cables from both batteries on your Dodge. Set the cable aside, isolating it from the battery so it cannot make contact with the terminal while you are working.

Raise the front of your Dodge with a jack and place a set of jack stands under the frame to support the vehicle. Check the rating on the jack stands before using them under a large vehicle like full-size Dodge trucks.

Locate the starter on the driver's side of the engine. Remove the nut from the battery terminal on the starter with a wrench. then remove the cable and set it aside. This is the larger wire running to the starter from the batteries.

Locate the second, smaller terminal on the starter and remove the nut from the post with a wrench. Remove the wire from the post and set it aside.

Locate the three mounting bolts that support the starter. Using a socket and ratchet, remove the lower two bolts first. Remove the upper bolt while supporting the starter with your free hand. On some diesel models, you will find an aluminum spacer between the starter and the bell housing. If your truck has this spacer, it is important to note the orientation of it before removing the starter so it can be reinstalled correctly later.

Slide the starter toward the front of the truck so that the nose cone on the starter clears the bell housing. Lower the starter out of the engine compartment and remove it from under the truck.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Socket set

  • Wrench set

 How to Remove the Starter in a Chrysler 300M

Open the hood and locate the battery. Use an open-end wrench to remove the negative terminals from the battery. Next, remove the positive terminals. Use a jack to lift the front of the 300M and lower it down onto the jack stands.

Crawl underneath the car and locate the starter, which is connected to the engine and transaxle. Remove the heat shield around the starter using a 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Unbolt the electrical connections using an open-end wrench.

Use a 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and sockets to unbolt the three bolts holding the starter to the engine. Twist the starter towards the engine itself, then grasp the engine mount with both hands and pull it out.

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 an Isuzu Trooper

Park your car in a safe place with a level surface and open the hood. Disconnect the black, negative battery cable.

Raise the front of the vehicle using a floor jack and safely support it on 2 jack stands.

Remove the starter motor heat shield from underneath the vehicle (driver side) using a wrench or ratchet and socket.

Disconnect the battery cable from the starter solenoid using a wrench or ratchet and socket; then remove the second wire connection on the solenoid using a wrench or ratchet and socket.

Remove the two starter mounting bolts using a ratchet, socket, ratchet extension and universal joint to give yourself extra clearance if necessary.

Work the starter motor out of the engine compartment and away from the vehicle.

Set the new starter and solenoid assembly in place and install the two mounting bolts.

Connect the battery cable and wire to the back of the starter solenoid; install the heat shield and lower the vehicle.

Items you will need

  • Floor jack and 2 jack stands

  • Wrench set

  • Ratchet and socket set

  • Ratchet extension and universal joint

 How to Remove the Starter in a Toyota Tercel

Find the negative battery cable on your battery. It is normally black, and the battery terminal has a large minus ("-") embossed into the plastic next to the terminal. Loosen the clamp bolt on the cable end with a wrench then remove the cable from the battery.

Locate the wiring harness connectors at the rear of the starter solenoid from above the starter. The starter solenoid is on the top of the starter and leans slightly out from the engine. Remove the retaining nut from the connector on the solenoid with a wrench, then remove the wiring, setting it aside.

Move to the front of the starter motor and remove the starter mounting bolts from the starter with a socket and ratchet. Slide the starter out of the bell housing, then lift it out of the engine compartment. Do not reconnect the battery cable while the starter is out of the car or you will energize the cable you removed from the starter, potentially damaging the circuit.

Items you will need

  • Wrench set

  • Socket set

  • Ratchet

 How to Remove the Starter From a 2002 Mercury Sable

Use the pliers to disconnect the negative battery cable. The starter is an electrical component, and the negative battery cable must be removed prior to working with electrical components.

Let the vehicle cool down for 30 minutes prior to working underneath it. Remove the 10 bolts underneath the front of the vehicle to remove the splash guard. There are five bolts in the front, three in the center and two on each side.

Remove the electrical connectors attached to the starter motor. They are connected by tabs and can be easily removed with your hands.

Use the socket wrench to remove the bolts that keep the starter motor mounted. The starter motor will slip right off. Keep the bolts in a safe place; you may need to reuse them when installing a new starter.

Items you will need

  • Pliers

  • Socket wrench

  • Creeper (optional)

 How to Remove the Starter on a 1993 Cadillac

Locate the negative battery cable on the negative terminal of the battery. Remove the retaining bolt from the cable end with a wrench and isolate the end from the battery to avoid shorts or accidental startup of the car will you are working.

Place a jack under the front of the car and raise it high enough to work under. Position a set of jack stands under the frame rails to support the car. Remove the jack and set it aside for now. Locate the starter motor on the driver’s side of the engine from under the car.

Locate the two terminals on the back of the starter solenoid. The smaller one is the “S” terminal and the larger, the “B” terminal. Remove the nut from the “S” terminal with a socket and ratchet and then slide the wires off the terminal. Move to the “B” terminal and remove the nut using a socket and ratchet and then slide the single large wire off the terminal.

Locate the mounting bolt and bracket at the rear of the starter as well as the two starter mounting bolts at the front of the starter. Remove the mounting bolt from the rear of the starter and then remove the two mounting bolts at the front of the starter with a socket and ratchet. Support the starter motor by hand and lower the starter down and out of the engine compartment. Remove the starter from under the car.

Items you will need

  • Wrench set

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Socket set

  • Ratchet

 How to Remove the Starter From a Tundra

Engage the parking brake and pop the hood.

Disconnect the negative battery terminal so that none of the electrical parts of your car will engage.

Remove the air intake tube and manifold with a socket. They are located toward the rear of the engine. Disconnect the fuel rails and injectors, along with the plenums, and lift the manifold to reveal the starter. The manifold will require two people to lift.

Follow the positive battery cable to the starter. The starter looks like one cylinder on top of the other. Wrap each group of wires connected to the starter posts with a nylon tie wrap and label the connections. This will prevent you from losing track of what post each wire should be connected to when the new starter is installed.

Remove the two connecting bolts of the starter with a socket set. Place them somewhere secure where they cannot be lost, and move each set of wires out of the way.

Unbolt the two mounting bolts of the starter, and remove it from the truck. Keep the bolts somewhere secure for installing the new starter later.

Items you will need

  • Socket set

  • Masking tape

  • Pen

  • Nylon tie straps

 How to Remove the Starter on a 2000 Jetta

Drive the car onto a set of car ramps. Chock the rear wheels. Open the hood. Remove the negative battery cable from the battery terminal by loosening the clamp nut with a 10mm wrench. Lift the cable straight up from the terminal and push it aside. Now remove the positive battery cable from the battery in the same fashion.

Remove the battery cover retention bolt (located in front of the battery) with a 10mm socket attached to a ratchet wrench. Set the bolt aside. Remove the battery cover by pressing in at the tab on the front of the cover and by pushing in on the two locking tabs on the sides of the cover. Lift the cover straight up and out of the engine bay and set it aside.

Remove the battery retention bracket by removing the bracket bolt with a 13mm socket and ratchet. Lift the battery straight up and remove it from the engine bay. Remove the 10mm bolts from the battery tray with a socket and ratchet. Tilt the front of the tray upward and pull it out of the engine bay.

Remove the two power steering support line bolts with a 13mm socket and ratchet. Set the bolts aside. Push the power steering line aside to gain access to the starter motor.

Remove the nut from the lower starter motor mounting stud with a 13mm socket and ratchet, working from the underside of the vehicle. Slide the power steering bracket off the starter mount bolt. Now loosen, but do not remove, the lower starter mounting nut with an 18mm socket and ratchet.

Remove the nut from the upper starter motor mounting stud with a 13mm socket and ratchet, working from the underside of the vehicle. Slide the wiring bracket off the stud and place it aside. Remove the wiring connector from the starter by pressing in on the tab and pulling it straight out of the starter. Pry the black cap from the positive wiring connection to the starter with a flat-blade screwdriver. Remove the nut that holds the wire with a 13mm socket and ratchet. Pull the wire from the terminal and push it aside. Remove the negative wire from the starter by squeezing the holding clip and pulling the wire from the starter.

Remove the upper and lower starter retention bolts with an 18mm socket and ratchet from under the vehicle. Lower the starter from the engine bay.

Items you will need

  • 2 car ramps

  • 2 wheel chocks

  • 10mm wrench

  • 10mm socket

  • Ratchet wrench

  • 13mm socket

  • 18mm socket

  • Flat-blade screwdriver

 How to Remove the Starter on a Sebring Coupe

Pull the Sebring Coupe into a easily accessible location. Then, pull the vehicle onto blocks, or jack it up.

Locate the starter at the front of the Sebring Coupe. It will look like a wide cylinder with electrical leads coming off it.

Remove the screw connecting the electrical leads using a standard phillips screwdriver. Then, pull the leads away from the starter.

Remove the bolts securing the starter using a socket wrench. Then, pry the starter assembly apart with a flathead screwdriver, and pull the starter away from the mounting post.

Items you will need

  • Standard tool kit

 How to Remove the Starter From a 1998 Harley-Davidson FXSTC

Remove the terminal bolt from the negative battery terminal with a 10 mm wrench. Position the battery negative cable where it cannot contact the negative battery terminal.

Place a catch pan under the primary chaincase drain plug. Remove the drain plug and drain plug O-ring with a wrench. Allow the primary chaincase lubricant to drain.

Loosen the left side running board mounting bolts with an Allen driver and ratchet and pull the running board off of the frame.

Loosen the rear cylinder exhaust pipe retainer nuts and remove them from the studs with a ratchet and socket. Remove the nut from the T-bolt at the rear of the pipe with a wrench. Pull the exhaust pipe off the engine and lay it aside. Remove the old exhaust crush gasket from the exhaust port in the rear cylinder with a dental pick.

Loosen the shifter pinch bolt on the shift lever with an Allen driver and ratchet. Pull the shift lever and spacer off the shift shaft.

Loosen and remove the primary chaincase screws with an Allen driver and ratchet. Pull the primary chaincase cover from the engine and lay it aside.

Pry open the lock tab holding the jackshaft bolt with a flat screwdriver. Grab the pinion gear with a clean shop rag to prevent it from rotating. Loosen the jackshaft bolt with a wrench and pull the bolt and the lock washer out of the jackshaft.

Remove the bolts from the chrome end-cover with a wrench. Pull the bolts and end-cover from the starter.

Loosen the starter mounting bolts with an Allen driver and ratchet. Lift the starter assembly from the engine. Remove the starter terminal nut with a wrench and pull the starter solenoid wires from the terminal stud. Pull the starter through the right side of the vehicle

Install the solenoid wires, washer and nut onto the starter terminal stud and tighten securely with a wrench.

Pull the jackshaft coupling off the starter and place the end of the coupling with the counterbore in it onto the jackshaft.

Install the starter assembly through the right side of the motorcycle. Guide the jackshaft coupling onto the starter shaft and install the starter mounting bolts. Torque the starter mounting bolts to 13 to 20 foot-pounds with a foot-pound torque wrench and socket.

Hold the pinion gear to prevent it from turning and install the jackshaft bolt and lock washer. Align the locator tab on the lock washer with the hole in the jackshaft. Torque the jackshaft bolt to 7 to 9 foot-pounds with a foot-pound torque wrench and socket. Bend the lock washer tab back into position with a pair of pliers. Ensure that the lock washer tab closely fits the closest flat on the jackshaft bolt.

Remove the old primary chaincase gasket with a gasket scraper. Install the new primary chaincase cover gasket onto the vehicle using the locating studs as a guide. Hold the primary chaincase cover in position and install the chaincase screws by hand. Torque the primary chaincase cover screws to 9 to 10 foot-pounds with a foot-pound torque wrench and socket.

Remove the clutch inspection cover with a ratchet and Allen driver. Add chaincase lubricant until the fluid level is even with the bottom of the clutch inspection hole with the bike parked on level ground and held upright by a helper. Wipe any residual oil from the clutch inspection cover and O-ring. Install the cover, O-ring and the inspection cover screws on the primary chaincase. Tighten the clutch inspection cover screws securely with a ratchet and Allen driver.

Install the shift lever and spacer onto the shift shaft. Tighten the pinch bolt securely with a ratchet and Allen driver. Install the footboard and mounting bolts onto the frame. Tighten the mounting bolts securely with a ratchet and Allen driver.

Insert a new exhaust crush gasket into the exhaust port in the rear cylinder. Position the exhaust pipe and slide the exhaust pipe flange onto the studs. Install and tighten the exhaust nuts to 12 foot-pounds with a foot-pound torque wrench and socket. Do not over torque and distort the flange. Install and securely tighten the T-bolt nut into the rubber isolation mount near the end of the pipe.

Install the negative battery cable onto the negative battery terminal. Install and tighten the battery terminal bolt with a 10 mm wrench.

Items you will need

  • 10 mm wrench

  • Catch pan

  • Allen driver set

  • Ratchet

  • Dental pick

  • Socket set

  • Shop rags

  • Foot-pound torque wrench

  • Pliers

  • Gasket scraper

  • 26 oz. of H-D primary chaincase lubricant or equivalent

  • New exhaust gasket

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