How to Replace the Starter on a 1992 Honda Accordby Christian Killian
Replacing the starter motor in your 1992 Honda Accord is a great project for the home mechanic and will take you about an hour with basic hand tools. The starter is located on the front of the engine near the radiator and up against the bell housing of the transmission. Once it is out of the car, the starter can be bench-tested to determine if it is defective at most auto-parts stores or the Honda dealership.
Locate the negative battery cable on the negative battery terminal, then remove the retaining bolt with a wrench. Set the cable aside so it cannot contact the terminals on the battery while you are working.
Raise the front of the car with a jack and support it on a set of jack stands positioned under the frame rails of the car. Slide under the front of the car and locate the starter on the front of the engine.
Locate the wiring harness connections on the rear of the starter solenoid. Depress the locking tab on the electrical connector and pull it out of the solenoid. Remove the retaining nut on the second terminal with a socket and ratchet, then remove the cable from the starter.
Remove the two mounting bolts on the nose of the starter with a socket and ratchet. Slide the starter back and lower it out of the car. Position the new starter into the engine compartment and slide the starter into the bell housing. Install the two mounting bolts and tighten them with a socket and ratchet.
Connect the electrical connector from the old starter to the connector on the rear of the new starter. Push it in until it snaps in place. Slide the second connector onto the post terminal followed by the retaining nut, then tighten it with a socket and ratchet.
Raise the front of the car off the jack stands with a jack. Remove the jack stands from under the car and lower it to the ground.
Connect the negative battery cable to the negative post of the battery and install the retaining bolt. Tighten the bolt with a wrench and close the hood.
- "Honda Accord Factory Service Manual"; Honda Motor Company; 1992
Things You'll Need
- Wrench set
- Jack stands
- Socket set
Christian Killian has been a freelance journalist/photojournalist since 2006. After many years of working in auto parts and service positions, Killian decided to move into journalism full-time. He has been published in "1st Responder News" as well as in other trade magazines and newspapers in the last few years.