The starter is located on the firewall side of the engine block, adjacent to the flywheel or torque converter housing. Early models, use a direct drive type starter, while the later models use a gear reduction starter. Otherwise, the two units are similar in operation and service. Both starters are 4-pole, series wound, DC units to which an outboard solenoid is mounted. When the ignition switch is turned to the start position, the solenoid armature is drawn in, engaging the starter pinion with the flywheel. When the starter pinion and flywheel are fully engaged, the solenoid armature closes the main contacts for the starter, causing the starter to crank the engine. When the engine starts, the increased speed of the flywheel causes the gear to overrun the starter clutch and rotor. The gear continues in full mesh until the ignition is switched from the start to the on position, interrupting the starter current. The shift lever spring then returns the gear to its neutral position.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4
- Disconnect the battery negative cable. On Vigor, remove the intake manifold bracket.
- On 1991-93 Legend, it may be necessary to remove the exhaust pipe near the starter.
- At the starter motor, label and disconnect the wiring.
- Remove the starter-to-engine bolts and the starter.
- Position the starter to the engine and torque the mounting bolts on the Integra and 1986-90 Legend to 32 ft. lbs. (45 Nm), the upper mounting bolts on the Vigor to 32 ft. lbs. (45 Nm) and the lower bolts to 54 ft. lbs. (75 Nm). Tighten the mounting bolts on the 1991-93 Legend to 54 ft. lbs. (75 Nm). Connect the wiring to the starter.
- If the exhaust pipe was removed, install it. On Vigor, install the intake manifold bracket.
- Connect the cables to the battery. Check the starter operation.