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How to Remove the Starter in a 1997 Chevy Lumina

by Russell Wood

That dreaded feeling that comes over you when you turn the key on your 1997 Chevrolet Lumina and nothing happens is pretty horrible, and it usually happens at the worst possible time. Different things could cause the starting problem, but one of the most common is the starter motor going out. When that happens, your only alternative is to replace the starter, or you risk getting stuck again.


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.

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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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