How to Remove a Starter on a 1999 Chevy Suburban

by Michael Dickson

The 1999 Suburban engine starter is a high-torque starter that receives electrical power to turn the flywheel. The flywheel is attached to the transmission, which creates power for the vehicle to turn its drive train. The first vehicles in production in the early 1900s were equipped with hand starters. Men and women would have to manually turn a crank on the outside of the engine to start the vehicle. The invention of the self-starter, by General Motors Director of Research Charles Franklin Kettering and patented in 1915, quickly become the choice for car buyers.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

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