How to replace starter

Tiny
SEANDEANZ
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  • 2001 CHEVROLET ASTRO
Need to replace starter
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Monday, August 13th, 2012 AT 7:07 PM

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Tiny
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Hello

Here is a guide to help you step by step with instructions in the diagrams below to show you how on your car.

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

Disconnect¬ negative¬ battery¬ cable.¬ Raise¬ and¬ support¬ vehicle.¬ Remove¬ flywheel¬ cover¬ as¬ necessary.¬ Remove¬ starter¬ brackets¬ and¬ shields¬ as¬ necessary.¬ Disconnect¬ starter¬ solenoid¬ wiring.¬ Remove¬ starter¬ mounting¬ bolts.
Remove¬ shims¬ and¬ note¬ arrangement¬ for¬ reassembly¬ (if¬ equipped).¬ Remove¬ starter¬ assembly.¬ To¬ install,¬ reverse¬ removal¬ procedure.¬ Ensure¬ shims¬ are¬ installed¬ in¬ original¬ location¬ (if¬ equipped).¬ Tighten¬ fasteners¬ to

Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.
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Monday, August 13th, 2012 AT 7:30 PM
Tiny
ANT P
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  • 2000 CHEVROLET ASTRO
  • 6 CYL
  • AWD
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  • 200,456 MILES
Starter engages while idling, wont do it in drive or reverse, changed starter and ign switch same results. When its idling if you pull starter relay out it stops. Please help going broke.
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Friday, December 13th, 2019 AT 1:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Hello, when the problem occurs, check for voltage at the crank fuse. That circuit should only be hot, with the key in the crank position, once the key returns to the run position, there should be no voltage on that circuit. No voltage to the control side of relay, no starter action.

Because that circuit is wired through the neutral switch, only continuity in park or neutral.
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Friday, December 13th, 2019 AT 1:37 PM (Merged)
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EDUARDO FARIA
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  • 2000 CHEVROLET ASTRO
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
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  • 148,000 MILES
About how much does a rebuilt starter cost for a
2000 chevy astro 2wd 6 cylinders
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Friday, December 13th, 2019 AT 1:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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That depends a LOT on where you go to get one. I have seen prices from 50 dollars to 200 dollars. Make sure you don't just shop by price. There can be a big difference in quality.
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Friday, December 13th, 2019 AT 1:37 PM (Merged)
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FAANGEL
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  • 1999 CHEVROLET ASTRO
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99 Chevy Astro van 4.3L I recently started having problems with starter and change it with a remanufacture unint from napa auto parts. It start ok but after two weeks it starts to stick and I need to replace it with another, I installed a new battery, there is power going to stater because I can here a clicking sound. Any sugestions like some thing else causing the starter to stick. Please advice thanks.
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Friday, December 13th, 2019 AT 1:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
PLATINUMHYUNDAITECH
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I remember some of the chevy starters needed to be shimmed. Are there any shims in the box the starter came in?
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Friday, December 13th, 2019 AT 1:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
FAANGEL
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No none and wen I replaced the original it came with no shims
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Friday, December 13th, 2019 AT 1:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
PLATINUMHYUNDAITECH
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Well you need to check the flywheel teeth very good. Make sure there are no problems as far as damaged or folded over teeth. If that checks out ok I would clean up the battery grounds and maybe do a voltage drop test on the positive battery cable going from the battery to starter. You could have a bad cable or a poor connection. This is all it could really be
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Friday, December 13th, 2019 AT 1:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
FAANGEL
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I just replaced the starter and its ok, one thing I notice is that after the first week, when I would crank engine will a while for engine to start. Any suggestions.
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Friday, December 13th, 2019 AT 1:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
PLATINUMHYUNDAITECH
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You might have just had a bad starter, It does happen. As far as a hard start its usually fuel or spark related, Have you done a tuneup or checked fuel pressure from pump?
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Friday, December 13th, 2019 AT 1:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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I think thats my next move thanks
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Friday, December 13th, 2019 AT 1:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
SBARRA
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  • 1998 CHEVROLET ASTRO
1998 Chevy Astro

I just replaced my starter in January and now it is doing the same thing as before. It starts right up sometimes and others it won't. I get no spark or anything.
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Friday, December 13th, 2019 AT 1:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Has the check engine light ever come on? If you are not getting spark, it could be a few things, but most commonly, it the crank sensor. When it doesn't start, is the starter still working?

Let me know.
Joe
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Friday, December 13th, 2019 AT 1:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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The check engine light has never come on and the starter is still working because sometimes it will start. I dropped it at the mechanic tonight but I fear they will simply tell me that the new starter they put in back in january is faulty and possibly miss something more.
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Friday, December 13th, 2019 AT 1:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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If the starter is turning the engine over, then it is good. When it doesn't start for you, you need to check for spark and fuel to the engine.

Joe
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Friday, December 13th, 2019 AT 1:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
NUWUFOREVER
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  • 1997 CHEVROLET ASTRO
Engine Mechanical problem
1997 Chevy Astro 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 324k miles

1997 Chevy Astro, with a 4.3L and 324k on it. I know it's high mileage, but it's a wheelchair van and my only option right now.
The starter on this van was already going out. It would engage and crank the engine about 1 out of every 10 turns of the key, on average. The rest of the time, just spinning freely.

So, the other day my wife ran completely out of fuel. She put some in (not sure how much). Then tryed to start the car, but now the starter is grinding very badly. So she has it towed home to me.

The tow truck driver tells me he saw a bolt under the van when he pulled it up onto his truck, and it's probably a starter mounting bolt, hence the starter grinding. After he leaves, I crawl under and sure enough, one of the mounting bolts has broken off. So I reach up and wiggle the starter to see how loose it was. Barely moved at all, but enough to cause a spark as the lead touched something.

So I replace the starter with a used one from a junkyard, but I break off the smallest of three posts on the solenoid (it was rusty, I swear). So I switch solenoids with the starter I just took off. All seemed well until when I reattach the negative battery cable, the starter motor kicks in. Oops! I crossed the wires. So I uncross them, and bolt it back together.

The new (to me) starter works great, it turns the engine over with no problems every time I turn the key. However, the van won't start. I put a gallon of gas in it, but still doesn't fire up. So I put four more gallons in it. Still nothing.

I sprayed some starter fluid into the intake. I know I'm not supposed to, but I wanted to know if it would fire, before replacing the fuel filter. It did, so I changed the fuel filter.

Still doesn't start. That's about where my experience ends, so. What should I try next? Did I do something when I crossed the wires?
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Friday, December 13th, 2019 AT 1:38 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MICKEY-D
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Recheck all your wires to the starter. You may have left off a small wire to the solenoid which allows current to the ignition circuit. Also, trace back the thinner of the two red cables from the starter to the battery, you may have burnt a fusible link which powers the ignition, dash etc.
Mickey-d
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Friday, December 13th, 2019 AT 1:38 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MICKEY-D
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I forgot the most likely culprit! Check for a blown ignition fuse.
Mickey-d
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Friday, December 13th, 2019 AT 1:38 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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But if I was able to get it to fire up using starter fluid, how could it be that the ignition is not getting current?
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