My 1986 Cutlass cierra needs a new starter. How do I instal

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My 1986 cutlass needs a starter.I don't have a clue how to put it in can someone walk me thru this please?

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Wednesday, March 8th, 2006 AT 10:21 AM

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Well first step disconnect the pos battery power. Ok STEP 2 raise auto as far as posible if you have a couple old steel wheels thoes are perfect put one under each front wheel don't want car falling on you. Not sure which motor you have but the program is all about the same whe you pull the starter out make sure you watch to see if there are any shims fall out they go between the head of the starter and the block. Ok STEP 3 you will have two bolt on the bottom of the starter sometimes they are 9sixteenths head or a 15 mm scoket some also have shield aroud the head of the starter and it takes a 3/8' or a 10 mm wrench and or a scoket to remove the shield. Ok now remove the two bolts from bottom of starter (NOTE there may be a bracket at the backend of the starter houseing it must be removed also if not disreguard this note. ) Ine some cases you may hve to remove the oil filter to pull the starter back and out. Ok STEP 4 once you have starter out where you can get to the wires 9/16 or a 5/8 scoket to remove the nut fore the wireing make sure you note how may wires you take off big post and make sure you put the same amount back on there is one wire left it is a purple wire it will take an 11/32 scocket to remove the nut for this wire sometimes it may be a 5/16 scocket again pay close attention where this wire came from. Once you have done this pull the starter free. Just do reverce prosess whe reinstalling the new starter the shims will be a trial nd error deal but put back as may as you took out also they are different sizes. If it makes a real loud zinging noise you may have to many it needs to be a fairly quite start with very little ring gear noise. Hope this helps and the is how you do a starter if you need more help buy you a chiltons book on your car ther not much money and are a big help in a tight spot. NOS

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