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Old 08-19-2010, 03:25 AM
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how to install a starter

Own a 1987 Chevy 5.7 suburban and have plans to pull my starter so I can better get at my knock sensor. Got any slick tricks for this task? I recently read an article that a rope could be used to hold the starter in position to releive some of the weight off of the starter to help to align the unit. I am sure if you ever installed one you are well aware that the starter is heavy. Anyways a friend and I will be doing the work. Is there anyways a person can use stud bolts to assist in getting this starter back into position for bolt up? I wonder if I remove the front tire, I can get at the knock sensor easier? I've written earlier about the problem I am having with the KS being frozen in place. This makes the second day I have soaked this unit with penetrating oil. Today, one way or the other, I plan on getting this unit out of the block. Send all tricks of the trade, I need to know all these little secrets of getting the job done. PB Blaster is my choice of penetrating oil, lets see if the stuff really works.

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I'm going to take your word on the starter having to be moved/removed out of the way to do the knock sensor.

R&R of the starter is straightforward. Disconnect the battery. Remove the front brace (if equipped) then the two bolts that hold the starter to the block. Watch for any shims that might be there to position the starter nose and replace them on reassembly in the same place they came from.

Don't allow the starter to hang from the wires, keep the wires on the starter unless you're going to completely remove it. Otherwise, wire the starter up out of your way while you do the knock sensor. To wire it up out of your way, secure a wire around the solenoid (or where ever is convenient) then pass the wire up to your helper to secure that end to a strong support point.
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The starter aint that heavy...loosen both bolts......hold the starter with one hand and take out the loosened bolts with the other.....installation reverse of removal.
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This is an easy task as Cobalt stated. The important thing is not to hang the starter by the wires or you will be buying a new starter or at least a solenoid.
Be sure to disconnect the negative battery terminal before starting the removal process.
Personally I would just disconnect the wires and get it out of the way completely but that's just me. With my luck the starter would slip from the hanger and break the solenoid
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Disconnecting the wires and completely removing the starter just might make more sense. I've always found removing and replacing the wires to the solenoid to be a lot easier w/the starter unbolted from the block and supported. On some vehicles, there's just not much room to do the wires w/the starter bolted up.

Be careful of the positive battery cable on the solenoid if you don't disconnect it at the battery- if it touches a metal part, there will be fireworks!
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I define a heavy starter as the starter used on a CAT D11N bulldozer. It has to be installed overhead also . I used to install them by myself in my younger days. Oh , did I forget to mention that I now have to have my right shoulder replaced and had the left replaced two years ago . If in doubt , get help . A rope and a buddy are a great asset .
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