How to Remove the Starter From a Kia Spectra

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The Kia Spectra has three engine options--the 1.6-liter four-cylinder, the 1.8-liter four-cylinder and the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines. Although the location of the starter is underneath the Spectra below the intake manifold on the bell housing of the transmission, the procedure to remove the starter varies per engine type.

Things You'll Need

  • Car lift
  • Safety glasses
  • Penetrating oil
  • Ratchet and metric socket set
  • Hand wrench set

1.6-Liter Spectra

  • Disconnect the negative battery terminal using a hand wrench. Lift the car up on the car lift to gain access to the starter. Put on the safety glasses before going underneath the Spectra.

  • Use the ratchet and a socket to remove the four intake manifold stay bracket bolts. Remove the bracket.

  • Disconnect the electrical connections from the starter using the ratchet and a socket.

  • Remove the two upper starter bolts using the ratchet and a socket.

  • Remove the lower starter bolt using the ratchet and a socket, and then remove the starter. To install, reverse the procedure.

1.8-Liter Spectra

  • Disconnect the negative battery terminal using a hand wrench. Lift the car up on the car lift to gain access to the starter. Put on the safety glasses before going underneath the Spectra.

  • Spray the exhaust pipe (below the starter) connections with a liberal amount of penetrating lubricant and allow to soak. Apply more lubricant spray to the connections between the next three Steps.

  • Remove the two upper intake manifold support bracket bolts using the ratchet and a socket.

  • Disconnect the electrical connections from the starter using the ratchet and a socket.

  • Remove the two upper starter bolts.

  • Disconnect the exhaust pipe nuts and bolts. Use a wrench to hold the head of the bolt stationary while using the ratchet and a socket to remove the nuts. Remove the exhaust pipe.

  • Remove the lower intake manifold support bracket bolts using the ratchet and a socket, then remove the bracket.

  • Remove the lower starter bolt using the ratchet and a socket and then remove the starter. To install, reverse the procedure.

2.0-Liter Spectra

  • Disconnect the negative battery terminal using a hand wrench. Lift the car up on the car lift to gain access to the starter. Put on the safety glasses before going underneath the Spectra.

  • Disconnect the starter cable from the "B" terminal using a ratchet and a socket.

  • Remove the connector from the "S" terminal.

  • Remove the two starter bolts using a ratchet and a socket, then remove the starter.

  • Reverse the procedure to install.

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