SaturnFans.com
what's new (beta) - classifieds - forums - photos


Go Back   SaturnFans.com Forums > Models > Saturn L-Series > L-Series Tech
Register FAQ Members List Groups Calendar Chat Room Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-18-2013, 02:50 AM   #1
Atomized
New Member
Atomized is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 5
Default Location of the Starter 2003 L300

So I have a starting issue with my car. Basically if the car has been started within the last 5 hours when I turn the key, I can hear the starter spin, but not engage the flywheel. Sometimes the engine will roll once but will not start. I have a working fuel pump and have fuel pressure on the fuel rail. I do have spark, and once the car is running there is plenty of power. I think that my starter is missing some teeth, so I bought a replacement.

However I can't see my starter from above and once I jacked the car and laid down under it I still could not find it. I have seen schematics where it is behind the engine near the oil drain plug, but I still don't see it there and I can't find the schematics now that I need them. Does anyone know or better yet have photos of the starter location on this year and model?

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to Atomized's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help Atomized reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
Atomized is offline   Reply With Quote
SaturnFans.com Sponsored Links
Old 03-18-2013, 03:23 AM   #2
fdryer
Super Member
fdryer has a reputation beyond reputefdryer has a reputation beyond reputefdryer has a reputation beyond reputefdryer has a reputation beyond reputefdryer has a reputation beyond reputefdryer has a reputation beyond reputefdryer has a reputation beyond reputefdryer has a reputation beyond reputefdryer has a reputation beyond reputefdryer has a reputation beyond reputefdryer has a reputation beyond repute
 
fdryer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: NYC
Posts: 43,124
 

2003 L-Series 3.0L Sedan
Default Re: Location of the Starter 2003 L300

Well, you may have to be a little more specific in your descriptions. Is this a failed starter problem or the engine not firing up as the engine turns over? There is one other description - the starter spins up and whines like a jet engine. This is rare for almost any car/truck/suv as the starter motor fails to engage the engine flywheel to load the starter for a normal sound. A high speed whining sound from a starter is very distinct.

You won't see the starter from above as the engine hides it. Crawl under to find the starter between the engine and firewall. It will have the RED battery cable attached to it. Be sure to disconnect the battery negative cable first before disconnecting starter wires.

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to fdryer's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help fdryer reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
fdryer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2013, 09:45 AM   #3
midway
Member
midway is a jewel in the roughmidway is a jewel in the roughmidway is a jewel in the rough
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Midway Ga
Posts: 234

2000 L-Series 3.0L Sedan
Default Re: Location of the Starter 2003 L300

I am going to try and help here, in case you really have to change the starter.


Pic 1; Starter view, where leaf is laying, transaxles housing, exhaust manifold showing in lower right and lower left of pic.


Pic 2; Starter view with ex manifold in view.


Pic 3; taken to show ex manifold and downpipe, I had the camera down in there to take pic leaning in over the passenger fender, starter is toward the driver side. I had the top side of engine pulled apart here to replace valve cover gaskets.


Pic 4; Pic taken from front of vehicl, notice the engine lifting bracket sticking up on the far side of engine, below that bracket is where the started is mounted.


Pic 5; Taken from right side of vehicle, camera right over Alternator, see starter under ex manifold.


Pic 6; Taken with camera moved back so Alternator is showing in pic, see starter under ex manifold.


Pic 7; Taken looking down at trans shifter, have to reach in and back to get top starter bolt, even though they are torx head bolts, 12 point box end wrench will work, I had 2 wrenches, 1 short, just about as long as my hand is wide, 1 half moon, starter wrench, 3/8X7/16.


Pic 8; Taken with camera held reaching through the area shown is pic 7, you can see starter right behind trans shift cable on left side of pic.


Pic 9; Slightly different view, same as pic 8.


Pic 10; I found a very small hole through the hoses and wire harnesses that I could just barely see where I was working to get the top starter bolt out and in.

The way I removed the starter.
Jacked up right side, place jackstands, remove right front tire to see starter. The lower starter bolt is removed from below vehicle up between the transaxle housing and engine, long extension and flex joint, I used a 24" extension. I also used the same extension to remove the nuts holding the wires on the starter from the right side of vehicle, There is a bracket holding the wire harness mounted to the engine block just in front of the starter that must be loosened so it will move enough to get starter out of the hole it is in. On reassembly I got my wife to come out and hold the starter in place with the 24' extension, I got bolt hole lined up holding bolt in top hole with back of thumb while rotating starter until I felt bolt hit hole, got her to put light pressere on the big stud on solenoid, otherwise starter would drop down on that end. From there you just do the reverse of removal.

Hope this helps

REWARD EXCELLENCE!

Add to midway's Reputation
Rate the quality of this post and help midway reputation points. Click the reputation button near the bottom left corner of this message box. Thank you!
midway is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2003 AWD 3.0 starter location? cchrrice Vue Tech 3 09-14-2011 08:21 AM
starter location? Hybrix S-Series Tech 16 09-30-2009 02:32 PM
Starter Relay Location SpohnSoftware S-Series Tech 14 05-18-2009 04:01 PM
Starter location greytrains L-Series Tech 6 05-20-2008 08:24 PM
2003 L300 Starter Problem wantmy442 L-Series Tech 5 02-12-2008 10:21 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:15 AM.

Advanced Forum Search | Advanced Photo Search


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SaturnFans.com. The Saturn Enthusiasts Site.