How to Replace a Starter on a Monte Carlo

by Jody L. Campbell

There are four different motors in the newer Chevrolet Monte Carlos, but replacing the starter is pretty much the same procedure. Even the locations of the starters are very similar. Since replacement starters are very costly, you can save money on labor costs charged by local repair stations and install the starter yourself.

Step 1

Park the Monte Carlo on a paved, level surface and apply the parking brake. Release the hood latch.

Step 2

Place a wheel chock behind one of the rear tires and open the hood.

Step 3

Remove and isolate the negative battery terminal from the negative side post of the battery using a hand wrench or the ratchet and a socket.

Step 4

Raise the front axle (one side at a time) of the Monte Carlo using the floor jack and support it with jack stands under the front frame rails.

Step 5

Put on the safety glasses and crawl underneath (on a creeper if you have one and there's enough room) the Monte Carlo with the tools and new starter.

Step 6

Remove the radiator lower air deflector using the ratchet and a socket.

Step 7

Remove the torque converter cover using the ratchet and a socket.

Step 8

Remove the electrical connections (starter solenoid BAT terminal and the starter solenoid S terminal) from the starter.

Step 9

Remove the two starter bolts using the ratchet and a socket and remove the starter.

Step 10

Install the new starter and replace, then tighten the two starter bolts.

Step 11

Replace the electrical connections to the starter and replace then tighten the nuts.

Step 12

Replace the torque converter cover and replace, then tighten the bolts.

Step 13

Replace the radiator lower air deflector and replace, then tighten the bolts.

Step 14

Lower the Monte Carlo to the ground.

Reconnect and tighten the negative battery terminal to the battery. Remove the wheel chock and test-start the Monte Carlo.

Items you will need

  • Floor jack
  • 2 jack stands
  • Wheel chock
  • Safety glasses
  • 3/8-inch drive ratchet
  • 3/8-inch drive socket set
  • Hand wrench set
  • Creeper (optional)
  • Replacement starter

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