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Bob, Auto Service Technician
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Experience:  40 year GM Tech. +30 Certified. ASE Master Tech.(expired, retired) Medium Duty, Heavy Line, Retired
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It looks to be in a tricky spot how do i get to it and what

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it looks to be in a tricky spot how do i get to it and what does it look like ?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Bob replied 9 years ago.


Sorry we don't have any pictures on this one for you, but you are correct, they are a little hard to do. The trick is that you have to take it out from the top. You will need to remove the air filter box assembly and some of the hoses out of the way, then unbolt the starter and lift it up from behind the intake manifold to get it out. The starter bolts go in both directions on it also, one goes in one way and the other goes in through the bell housing from the transmission side. You will recognize it as the battery cable and one smaller wire are connected to it.Good luck with it and thanks, Bob

Expert:  Bob replied 9 years ago.

Hello again, I did find a picture, but the picture is of a 1998, it should be very similar, but it also make a difference if the car is a standard shift or an automatic to remove it as to if it comes out from the top or bottom. Thanks, Bob

Document ID# XXXXX
1998 Chevrolet Prizm


Starter Motor Replacement

Removal Procedure

    Object Number: 325407  Size: MH

    Caution: Unless directed otherwise, the ignition and start switch must be in the OFF or LOCK position, and all electrical loads must be OFF before servicing any electrical component. Disconnect the negative battery cable to prevent an electrical spark should a tool or equipment come in contact with an exposed electrical terminal. Failure to follow these precautions may result in personal injury and/or damage to the vehicle or its components.

  1. Disconnect the negative (-) battery cable.
  2. Remove the upper mounting bolt (1).
  3. Raise and support the vehicle.
  4. Remove the 6 bolts and the right side splash shield.
  5. Remove the starter motor electrical connector.
  6. Remove the retaining nut (3) and the positive (+) battery cable from the starter solenoid.
  7. Remove the lower mounting bolt (2) and the starter motor from the vehicle.

Installation Procedure

    Object Number: 325407  Size: MH

  1. Install the starter motor to the vehicle.
  2. Install the lower mounting bolt finger tight (2).
  3. Lower the vehicle. Do not remove from hoist.

    Notice: Use the correct fastener in the correct location. Replacement fasteners must be the correct part number for that application. Fasteners requiring replacement or fasteners requiring the use of thread locking compound or sealant are identified in the service procedure. Do not use paints, lubricants, or corrosion inhibitors on fasteners or fastener joint surfaces unless specified. These coatings affect fastener torque and joint clamping force and may damage the fastener. Use the correct tightening sequence and specifications when installing fasteners in order to avoid damage to parts and systems.

  4. Install the upper mounting bolt (1).

    Tighten the upper mounting bolt to 37 N·m (27 lb ft).

  5. Raise the vehicle.

    Tighten the lower mounting bolt to 37 N·m (27 lb ft).

  6. Install the starter motor electrical connector.
  7. Install the positive battery cable and the retaining nut (3) to the starter solenoid.

    Tighten the retaining nut to 8.8 N·m (78 lb in).

  8. Install the right side splash shield. Secure with the 6 bolts.
  9. Lower the vehicle.
  10. Connect the negative (-) battery cable.

    Tighten the negative battery cable to 15 N·m (11 lb ft).

Document ID# XXXXX
1998 Chevrolet Prizm