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How do i change a starter in a 2003 honda crv

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how do i change a starter in a 2003 honda crv
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Honda
Expert:  Steve replied 8 years ago.


Here is the procedure for replacing the starter in your CRV:


  1. Make sure you have the anti-theft code for the radio, then write down the frequencies for the radio's preset buttons.
  2. Disconnect the battery negative cable, then disconnect the positive cable.
  3. Disconnect the knock sensor connector.
  4. Disconnect the bolt securing the harness bracket.
  5. Disconnect the starter cable from the terminal on the starter, then disconnect the BLK/WHT wire from the other terminal.
  6. Remove the two bolts holding the starter, then remove the starter
  7. Install the starter in the reverse order of removal.
  8. Connect the battery positive cable and negative cable to the battery.
  9. Start the engine to make sure the starter operates properly.
  10. Enter the anti-theft code for the radio


Customer: replied 8 years ago.
but i cant get to the top bolt of the i have to remove the intake manifold
Expert:  Steve replied 8 years ago.
Removing the intake manifold should not be necessary. usually some combination of a long extension and a swivel socket will allow you to remove the upper starter bolt...
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Am sorry but that would not work. I live in the Bahamas and the CRV's sold here has a 2.4L engine.The only way to take it out was by removing the intake manifold.The cars sold here are left hand drive and manufactured in Japan.It was imposible to take it out the way i was instructed to. Thanks for the try.
Expert:  jimh replied 8 years ago.
hithe best way is to remove the intake it will save you alot of time good luck