How to Install a Car Starter

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Most car starters usually have two or three bolts on them, and they can be removed with a socket and ratchet. Disconnect the negative battery terminal when installing a car starter with help from an auto mechanic in this free video on car repair and diagnostics.

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Hello, my name is Tom Brintzenhofe, certified master mechanic out of Reading, Pennsylvania. Today I'm going to briefly talk about how to change your vehicle starter. Now I want to show you real quick and simple, every starter, most of the vehicles are all different, this is your typical Ford starter. One wire for your battery right here. This one works off a solenoid that's on a car. This is your typical General Motors heavy truck starter. Here's your battery terminal here, your solenoids here, not on firewall like a Ford, again, they all look different. Real simple - I'll move over here so you can see - real simple way - most starters usually have two or three bolts on them, typically Chevy has two bolts going up through the bottom, usually fifteen millimeter socket will take them off. Don't really need too many special tools to take these off, socket, ratchet, extension. A little elbow grease. What you want to do first is disconnect your negative battery terminal, take that off, go underneath here, take the two bolts off of your from underneath and it'll come up through this way. Then pull your starter out of your transmission housing, then get to this - this one wire here, that's usually a thirteen millimeter socket, will take this right off, set this off to the side, and you have one little wire coming off here that's what activates your solenoid, take that off, same thing reverse, put it back up inside there, put your small wire on first, put your big wire on second, put it up in your hole, put your two bolts in it, and you're good to go.

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