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1999 Buick Century: the starter in a driveway..amateur

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1999 Buick Century: Can I remove and replace the starter in a driveway, or is this a job for the shop? I have tools and am ok as an amateur mechanic.

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The starter is replaced from under the vehicle, if you have the necessary equipment to raise and properly support the front of the vehicle it is not that difficult of a job from there.

Make sure you first step is to disconnect the negative battery cable.

And the last step is to reconnect the negative battery cable.


Below are the instructions for the 3.1 engine which most century's came with.


Important: The starter motor on this vehicle is not serviceable and must be replaced as a complete unit.

    Object Number: 337935  Size: SH

  1. Disconnect the battery ground (negative) cable.
  2. Raise and suitably support the vehicle.
  3. Remove the electrical connections (6, 9, 10) at the starter motor.
    Object Number: 161131  Size: SH

  4. Remove the torque converter cover.
  5. Object Number: 45668  Size: SH

  6. Remove the starter bolts and the starter motor.

Reverse to install

Tighten the starter bolts to 43 N·m (32 lb ft).


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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thanks. This gives me the confidence to handle the job. I just wanted someone with knowhow to say it's doable. And THANK YOU for the illustrations.

Newer cars have gotten so tricky, not like the old VW on which anything you could fix anything (but then of course you HAD to).


Thank you Peter,


Good luck and let me know if you run into anything