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Got a 2006 cobalt with a 2.2l ecotec motor---it cranks over

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got a 2006 cobalt with a 2.2l ecotec motor---it cranks over hard --battery is a delco 600 amp 3 years old that was load tested ok--i replaced alternator and that was tested fine--starter pulls 150 amps when starting and that was told to me that was fine--what else could be wrong
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  JOHN aka Eauto replied 6 months ago.

how much does voltage drop when cranking?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
not sure --i took it to a local car part store O Rielys--i think he just said 150 amps draw
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
how much should it drop---if I put a voltmeter across the battery terminal and crank it right
Expert:  JOHN aka Eauto replied 6 months ago.

should drop like a volt.... cranking hard would never be a alternator....its likley a starter drawing to much

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I replaced the alternator thinking that the battery was not being charged properly --since the alternator was the original and the car has 115,000 miles
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
how hard is it to replace the starter and where is it located
Expert:  JOHN aka Eauto replied 6 months ago.

Starter Motor Replacement (RPOs L61/LE5)

Removal Procedure

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable
  2. Raise and support the vehicle.
  3. Remove the starter solenoid terminal nut (5).
  4. Remove the positive battery cable terminal (4) from the starter.
  5. Remove the starter solenoid wire terminal (3) from the starter.
  6. Remove the starter solenoid "S" terminal nut (2).
  7. Remove the engine harness terminal (1) from the starter.
  8. Remove the starter bolts.
  9. Remove the starter.

Installation Procedure

  1. Position the starter to the engine.
  2. Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions.

Install the starter bolts.

  • Tighten the bolts to 40 Nm (30 ft. lbs.) .

 

  1. Install the engine harness terminal (1) to the starter.
  2. Install the starter solenoid "S" terminal nut (2).
    • Tighten the nut to 3 Nm (27 inch lbs.) .
  1. Install the starter solenoid wire terminal (3) to the starter.
  2. Install the positive battery cable terminal (4) to the starter. Ensure that the anti-rotational tab is correctly located into the indexing slot.
  3. Install the starter solenoid terminal nut (5).
    • Tighten the nut to 17 Nm (13 ft. lbs.) .
  1. Lower the vehicle.
  2. Connect the negative battery cable
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
is it located on the front of the motor drivers side?
Expert:  JOHN aka Eauto replied 6 months ago.

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