Starter Replacement Instructions

Tiny
WDISLEY
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  • 1995 CADILLAC DEVILLE
  • V8
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 46,000 MILES
I would like to know how to replace my starter?
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Friday, June 3rd, 2011 AT 8:02 PM

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Tiny
KEN
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Hello,

Here is a guide and some diagrams to show you how to get the job done, you will need to jack the car up first.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-a-starter-motor

and

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/jack-up-and-lift-your-car-safely

NOTE:On the 4.9L engine, the starter assembly is externally mounted and located on the right side of engine block.

Disconnect negative battery cable. Raise and support vehicle. As required, remove nuts from A/C compressor, exhaust system and/or engine braces, adjacent to starter. On M/T models, remove bending brace from around starter (if equipped). On all models, remove other items that may interfere with removal of starter.

If necessary, remove nut from engine cross brace. Using pry bar between upper engine mount and engine, pry rearward and support engine.

If necessary, remove oil filter, air induction tube and cooling fan. Remove flywheel inspection cover (if equipped). Remove starter solenoid terminal "S" nut and battery cable nut. Separate wiring from starter. Remove starter mounting bolts and any shims. Remove starter.

Please let me know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.

Best, Ken
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Sunday, April 9th, 2017 AT 11:06 AM
Tiny
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I need to know what wires to hook up on this Starter, can someone send me a link of a step by step guide or video on what wires go where. Thanks
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Thursday, April 5th, 2018 AT 1:07 PM
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KEN
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All wires that have a large eyelet go one the top lug, the one other wire with the small eyelet goes on the small lug with the nut on it (closest to the engine block).
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Thursday, April 5th, 2018 AT 5:11 PM
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KEN
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Any luck?
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Friday, April 6th, 2018 AT 11:02 AM
Tiny
JOEBROWN1488
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Well I hooked up everything like you said, and then hooked up my battery and it started sparking real bad and a lot of smoke appeared down below by the fuse box. I then went down underneath to check it out and I seen that one of the wires that went to the starter done burnt up and stripped it. So no I didn't have any luck. So I gave up
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Friday, April 6th, 2018 AT 6:16 PM
Tiny
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Along with this apply above here, that wire that burned up, it's black and leads to the fuse box down underneath so I'm guessing that's the ground wire. So what size gauge wire of amps would I have to get for the replacement of the ground wire that goes to the starter on my 92 Cadilliac El dorado?
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Saturday, April 7th, 2018 AT 6:58 AM
Tiny
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OH and by the way, this isn't a 95 Cadilliac Deville, this is a 92 Cadilliac Eldorado. So it's slightly different
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Saturday, April 7th, 2018 AT 7:06 AM
Tiny
KEN
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Sorry about the trouble, pictures really help in these situations. Anyway it sounds like you burned up the fusible links which will need to be replaced.
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Saturday, April 7th, 2018 AT 12:14 PM
Tiny
JOEBROWN1488
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I checked all the fuses, and their all good. It was just the ground wire, which I replaced already. So is there any photos you can send me showing the type of starter solenoid my 92 Cadilliac Eldorado takes on the wiring so can get this right?
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Monday, April 9th, 2018 AT 8:43 AM
Tiny
KEN
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I don't have a picture but here is the starter wiring diagram. You can see there are only two style of wires large eyelet and small. Please send me a picture of your hook up before you attach the battery cable.

Check out the diagrams (Below)

Please let us know what happens.

Cheers, Ken
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Monday, April 9th, 2018 AT 10:59 AM
Tiny
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Here's is the Starter Solenoid and the wires that go on it. I havnt hooked it up yet but maybe this will help with guiding me into the right direction
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Monday, April 9th, 2018 AT 11:18 AM
Tiny
KEN
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I have drawn a blue arrow please tell me where this wire goes, and check any that go directly to ground. The yellow connector looks like the small trigger wire which is the only wire going to the small terminal on the solenoid. The rest go to the large lug but before connecting the blue arrow let me know.

Always connect the battery slowly by just touching it then letting off should only be a small spark.
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Monday, April 9th, 2018 AT 3:57 PM
Tiny
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That wire you see that has a arrow pointing to, is the black cable that goes to the negative side of the battery, you have the red one for the positive cable for and the black negative cable. They both go onto the starter solenoid. I do know that the positive side goes onto the bigger terminal on the starter.
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Monday, April 9th, 2018 AT 6:41 PM
Tiny
KEN
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The one with the arrow is a ground cable and cannot be connected to the starter is should go to the engine block close to the starter.
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Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 AT 10:24 AM

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