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95 Cadillac DeVille: /4.9l needs a starter

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My Dad's 95 Cadillac DeVille w/4.9l needs a starter. Is this very difficult to change out? And what is involved in the process.

It is actually fairly simple, here are the instructions:


4.5L and 4.9L Engines

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle securely on jackstands.
  3. Remove the starter motor shield.
  4. Remove the exhaust front and rear pipe assembly.
  5. Remove the flexplate inspection cover.
  6. Disconnect the solenoid 'S' terminal nut and battery cable nut.
  7. Unbolt the starter motor mounting bolts, and remove the starter motor.

Click image to see an enlarged viewTypical starter mounting on early models Click image to see an enlarged viewLater model starter location and mounting on the 4.9L engine Click image to see an enlarged viewStarter mounting on 4.5L engine with a starter shield

To install:

  1. Install the starter motor, and tighten to 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm).
  2. Install the solenoid 'S' terminal nut. Tighten the nut to 35 inch lbs. (4 Nm).
  3. Install the battery cable nut and tighten to 12 ft. lbs. (15 Nm).
  4. Install the flexplate inspection cover, the front and rear exhaust pipe assembly and the starter motor shield.
  5. Locovered in this guider the vehicle.
  6. Connect the negative battery cable.
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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
you have been very helpful and prompt in your responce. one quick question do you have any seals on the exhaust that will need to be replaced
If there are replaceable donuts in there they should be reusable. Only if they were rotted or burned away would they need to be replaced. You may run into a rusted, stuck exhaust nut due to the age, and that would cause more problem than anythig else. The rest is straightforward. Thanks for using JA. Please feel free to ask if you have any further questions.
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