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How to Remove the Starter From a Chevy Metro

by Tara Kimball

If your Chevrolet Metro's starter begins to hesitate or does not start at all, that can be an indication that you need to replace it. If you are unsure if the starter is the culprit, you can remove it and have it tested at most auto parts stores. You can change the starter at home for a fraction of the cost of a repair shop job. Buy the replacement starter from an auto parts store.

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.

Warning

  • Avoid exerting too much force on the nut securing the starter electrical connection; you could damage the mounting post or the plastic solenoid case.

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About the Author

Tara Kimball is a former accounting professional with more than 10 years of experience in corporate finance and small business accounting. She has also worked in desktop support and network management. Her articles have appeared in various online publications.

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