Replacing a starter

socksJuly 28, 2009

Our son is going to replace the starter on his 97 Jeep. He has not done this before, and DH will help him over the phone as much as possible (we are in different states).

I was wondering if there is a website which has good general directions which our son could refer to before he starts. I found one or two online but thought someone here might be able to refer me to one which has dependable information.

Thank you.

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jemdandy

Precautions before you begin:

1. Note locations of wiring connections. Got a digital camera? If so, take a picture before tearing things apart.

2. Disconnect the battery.

3. Watch for spacers that may be on the mounting screws (between the starter and engine). These are adjustmet items.

Call your local library and ask if they have a subscription to an automotive repair web site. If they do, you can access that and get instructions. Also, you could buy a Haynes repair manual. These are not very good compared to an offical shop manual, but should suffice for replacing a starter. These manuals are available at some auto parts stores.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 11:57PM
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bob_k

Just to follow up on Jemdandy's suggestion. Most libraries have copies of repair manuals. I know my local library has several copies of Motor and Chilton.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2009 at 5:46AM
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john_g

On a 97 Jeep it's not so critical to worry about the vehicles long term memory in its computers, so the first step is to disconnect the battery. With newer cars we want to avoid full power loss if possible. So we are forced to attempt the repair while keeping the power for keep alive memory intact.

Above all, do not wear watches or rings while attempting this. Be mindful of how little torque is required for the cable connections, its easy to over tighten them and break the solenoid on the starter. They have to be tight enough to not come loose, but don't break the assembly.

Beyond this, if your son does not possess the ability to simply look at this and figure it out, then he really wasn't born with the skills to try and do it. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and being "mechanically inclined" is a skill that not everyone has. If he can't handle this repair, then its time to have a pro that he can rely on.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2009 at 8:21AM
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socks

Thank you everyone.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2009 at 11:13AM
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