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Old 10-14-2007, 02:02 PM   #1
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I looked for how-to on changing a starter on a 97 saturn before I tackled this job. I found a good description, but thought the below pictures and descriptions may help.

The steps I took to remove the starter were as follows:

1. Disconnect negative battery wire with 1/4" ratchet and 8mm socket.
2. Remove purple wire nut with 1/4" ratchet and 10mm deep socket.
3. Remove solenoid wires (2 of them) nut with 3/8" ratchet and 13mm deep socket.
4. Loosen bottom mounting bolt with 3/8" ratchet and 13mm deep socket.
5. Loosen and remove top mounting bolt with 3/8" ratchet, 13mm std. socket and 6" extension.
6. Hold on to starter and remove bottom mounting bolt.
7. Remove starter.

To install the new starter,

1. Hold starter in place and hand install bottom mounting bolt.
2. Adjust starter position to install and start top mounting bolt.
3. Tighten both mounting bolts.
4. Connect purple wire to starter and tighten 10mm nut.
5. Connect two solenoid wires and tighten 13mm nut.
6. Reconnect negative battery wire and tighten 8mm bolt.

Hope this helps. This job took me about 25 minutes to remove the starter and 10 minutes to install the new one. It took longer to remove because I tried several different sockets/ratchets to figure what was easiest.

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Old 10-14-2007, 02:58 PM   #2
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This is excellent, thank you. I'm sure it will be moved to the How-To section.

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Old 10-14-2007, 03:13 PM   #3
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Here is a link to a you tube video replacing a saturn starter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teATcqz8uJ0

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Old 10-14-2007, 06:50 PM   #4
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That video is awesome. Had I seen that before hand, it would have been a lot easier. He makes it look a little TOO easy though.

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Old 10-15-2007, 10:07 AM   #5
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Words cannot express the true value of that video

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Old 10-15-2007, 06:54 PM   #6
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That video is awesome. Had I seen that before hand, it would have been a lot easier. He makes it look a little TOO easy though.
I think the alternator is out of the way. (And the bolts have been broken loose already!) It's a nice vid.

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Old 10-15-2007, 07:18 PM   #7
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The right length of extention makes all the difference up top.

Even the 3/4" difference between a shallow and deep socket can save an hour of headache, b/c you get clearance for a longer lever to break that top bolt loose.

Otherwise as starters go, about the same as any other car.

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Old 10-15-2007, 07:57 PM   #8
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I think the alternator is out of the way.
If you look closely i think you can see the edge of the alternator in the vid.

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Default Re: Changing a starter on 97 Saturn

can I get a pic of the actual starter? I would like to see exactly where that upper bolt is located that mysteriously eludes me.

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can I get a pic of the actual starter? I would like to see exactly where that upper bolt is located that mysteriously eludes me.
Watch this video >> How to change the starter on an Saturn S Series

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Old 08-05-2016, 08:36 PM   #11
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can I get a pic of the actual starter? I would like to see exactly where that upper bolt is located that mysteriously eludes me.
it's pretty well hidden when in place



some pics in this thread
http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=170034

This shows the location pretty well, but also shows one of Low Saturn's great tips - after removing the starter bolts, toss them out and replace them with studs - he used IIRC the studs and nuts from the intake manifold


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Old 08-05-2016, 09:06 PM   #12
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you guys are awesome!! thanks!!

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Old 08-05-2016, 10:28 PM   #13
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Default Re: Changing a starter on 97 Saturn

That diagram in reply #11 is backwards (mirror image?), I suggest it be removed so as not to confuse a future reader.

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Old 08-05-2016, 11:43 PM   #14
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It appears to be upside down.

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That diagram in reply #11 is backwards (mirror image?), I suggest it be removed so as not to confuse a future reader.
You mean it should be less confusing than Chilton's/Haynes showing a V6 engine and 5 lug wheels in it's '91-'98 S-Series book? lol

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Turning it upside-down doesn't fix it either. Frankly, it doesn't even look like any of the S-series starters I have seen. Regardless of other reference sources having errors, why add our own here? Just delete the diagram.

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