Change the starter yourself in 7 steps


Does your car no longer start or does the starting process take a suspiciously long time? Do you hear a squeaking or a clicking sound during or after the starting process? These are the most common Signs of a defective starter.
The starter is directly on the flywheel. Such an exchange can involve a lot of effort, because in newer models the starter is installed behind many covers and panels. You often have better chances with older models. If your car has front-wheel drive, you often have good access from above through the engine compartment. You should replace a defective starter immediately, because a simple engine start is no longer possible without repair.

Tip: As you know, the battery plays a crucial role in starting the engine. So the first thing you should do is check the battery. If the starter is actually defective, it’s time to replace it.

You need the following tools to change the starter:

You can have your starter replaced in the workshop. Of course you can also do it yourself in your screwdriver workshop or in a rental workshop nearby! The change doesn’t take long if you bring the appropriate experience with you. But beware, the starter is a very crucial component for the engine. Even small errors can cause major damage to the system!

Step-by-step instructions for changing a starter:

1. Disconnect battery

When working on the vehicle electrical system, the power supply from the battery must first be switched off. To do this, first disconnect the negative and then the positive pole of the car battery.

Pro Tip: Leave the doors and windows open so they don’t lock!

2. Loosen screws

Now loosen the retaining screws and the connecting cables that connect the starter to the engine. Make a note of which screw and which cable goes where, so that you can easily reattach them later.

3. Remove defective starter

Now carefully pull the starter out of the bracket. It is best to recycle (or leave) the old starter. There are companies that specialize in recycling car parts. Alternatively, check your local recycling center – maybe you’re lucky and they take such defective parts.

4. Check connection for dirt

Check the mount for dirt and clean it with a clean cloth.

5. Install new starter

Now you can carefully and slowly guide the new starter into the bracket. As soon as this is in place, tighten the retaining screws again according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Then you connect all the connection cables back to their correct position.

6. Reconnect the battery

Finally, first reconnect the positive and then the negative pole to the car battery.

7. Check adjacent components

If you have done everything, you can immediately check the surrounding components. Maybe there is still more to do.
It’s all right? Perfect! Then you have successfully changed your starter!

What will the change cost me?

Replacing a starter is a job that you can definitely do yourself with a bit of skill. By the way, you can save a lot of money! Simply buy the spare parts yourself online in our online shop. We offer you cheap starters exactly suitable for your vehicle model. If you order car spare parts online, you save a lot of money compared to the spare parts in the workshop.

So, now we want to know: Have you already dared to change the starter yourself? How much time did you need for this? We are looking forward to your report!

Here you will find the replacement instructions for starters clearly as a PDF:



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