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How to Replace the Starter on a 2002 Express Van

by Michael Dickson

The 2002 Chevrolet Express van is a commercial vehicle. It's a standard vehicle for many rental and delivery companies. The starter on the Express is located near the transmission on the driver's side. An electrical current is sent through the ignition to the starter, which turns the flywheel. If your starter fails, you will hear a clicking sound, and the van will not turn over. The starter can be replaced within two hours with little vehicle repair experience

2002 Express van starter removal

Step 1

Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery using a socket wrench. Place a block of wood behind the rear tire to prevent the van from sliding.

Step 2

Use the jack to raise the van on the driver's side. Place a jack stand just to the rear of the front driver's side tire.

Step 3

Locate the starter near the transmission behind the oil filter. Use a socket wrench, remove the two starter shield bolts, one from each side of the shield.

Step 4

Use a socket wrench to remove the starter bolts. There is one bolt on the left and right side of the starter.

Holding the starter in your hand, remove the starter wire harness y pulling on the connector on the starter solenoid. Do not pull on the wire.

2002 Express van starter replacement

Step 1

Reconnect the existing starter wires by pushing them on to the starter solenoid.

Step 2

Thread in the two starter bolts by hand until finger tight. Using a torque wrench, tighten the two bolts to 33 foot-pounds.

Place the starter shield back into place covering the starter from the exhaust manifold. Using a torque wrench, tighten the two bolts to 53 inch-pounds. Clean the negative battery cable terminal of corrosion using a shop towel. Replace the negative battery cable using a socket wrench.

Tip

  • To prevent a broken bolt or negative battery cable connector, do not over tighten in cold temperatures.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench set
  • Torque wrench
  • Jack
  • Jack stands

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