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How to Replace a Honda Accord Starter Solenoid & Switch Contacts

by Justin Moore

The starter on the Honda Accord receives an electrical signal when the ignition key is turned to the "Start" position. This engages the starter pinion with the flywheel. The solenoid closes the main contacts allowing the starter to crank the engine. As the starter spins the flywheel, the engine begins to spin over, allowing it to begin the combustion process and run. When the key is released to the "On" position the gear on the starter is retracted to its neutral position.

Removal

Step 1

Disconnect the battery cables, removing the negative cable first. Remove the nut that secures the large cable to the starter. Set the cable aside. Disconnect the wire to the starter solenoid.

Step 2

Remove the two bolts that secure the starter. Slide the starter out of the transmission.

Step 3

Remove the three screws that secure the cover over the solenoid cover. Slide the solenoid and spring out of the housing.

Remove the nuts located on the outside of the housing that secure the contacts. Remove the wire from the bolt. Slide the contacts inward and remove them.

Installation

Step 1

Slide the new contacts through the holes, replace the wire and install the bolts. Tighten the nuts on the contacts. Slide the solenoid and spring into position and replace the solenoid cover.

Step 2

Install the starter in the transmission and tighten the bolts.

Replace the wire and cable on the starter and tighten the nut. Replace the battery cables.

Tip

  • Allow the vehicle to cool before working on it.

Items you will need

  • Wrenches
  • Ratchet
  • Extension
  • Sockets
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Replacement solenoid
  • Replacement contacts

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