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Ivan, ASE Certified Master Technician
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Im trying to replace the starter in my 2003 Chev avalanche.

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I'm trying to replace the starter in my 2003 Chev avalanche. I can't get to the cable connections. I was able to remove the mounting bolts and gasket. Starter is loose, but it seems I can't get it out with out the cables removed, yet can't remove the cables without getting it out. Any suggestions appreciated!

Hello and good evening. I am going to upload the procedure for this. I am presuming your truck is 4wd. Look at this and see if it gets you through your issue.


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  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Raise and suitably support the vehicle. Refer to Vehicle Lifting.
  3. Remove the transmission cover bolt.



  1. If equipped with four wheel drive (4WD), remove the front axle mounting bracket nuts.
  2. If equipped with 4WD, reposition the front axle mounting bracket bolt until the bolt tip is flush with the support bushing.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT remove the bolt.


  1. Remove the starter bolts.
  2. Disconnect the oil level sensor electrical connector.
  3. Slide the starter forward until the starter clears the transmission.



  1. Remove the starter lead nut (3).
  2. Remove the starter lead (2) from the starter.



  1. Remove the positive cable nut (1).
  2. Remove the positive cable from the starter.



  1. Place the starter on a workbench.
  2. If necessary, unsnap the transmission cover from the starter.



  1. If necessary, remove the starter heat shield.


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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Ivan, rock on! A picture truly is a worth a thousand words. Thank you!
Your very welcome, I'm glad I could help. Have a great weekend, and don't hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything in the future!