Chevrolet Chevette/1000 1976-1988 Repair Guide

Starter

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Fig. Fig. 1The starting system cranking circuit

Engine cranking is accomplished by a solenoid actuated starter motor powered by the vehicle battery. The motor on the gasoline engine is a Delco-Remy unit similar to previous Chevrolet starters. No periodic lubrication of the motor or solenoid is necessary.

The Chevette diesel is equipped with an Hitachi reduction gear starter motor which is solenoid activated.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Gasoline Engine


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Fig. Fig. 2Exploded view of the gasoline engine starter motor

1976-79 CARS WITHOUT POWER BRAKES
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable and remove the air cleaner.
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  3. Disconnect the electrical connector from the oil pressure sending unit and remove the sending unit.
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The oil pressure sending unit has a harness lock. To disconnect the electrical connector, lift the tab on the collar of the lock and remove the lock assembly.

  1. Disconnect the wires from the starter solenoid.
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  3. Remove the brace screw from the bottom of the starter housing.
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  5. Remove the two starter-to-flywheel housing mounting screws.
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  7. Hold the starter with both hands and tip it past the engine mount bracket, then upward between the intake manifold and wheel arch.
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  9. Installation is the reverse of removal.
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1980-88 CARS WITHOUT POWER BRAKES
  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the air cleaner.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the gas line at the carburetor and move to one side.
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  7. Disconnect the vacuum hoses at the carburetor.
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  9. Remove the splash shield from the distributor coil and move to one side.
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  11. Using a 6" and 12" extension with a universal socket, remove the upper starter bolt.
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  13. Remove the lower starting bolt and move the starter as necessary to disconnect the starter wiring.
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  15. Remove the master cylinder mounting nuts to gain access for removing the starter.
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  17. Installation is the reverse of removal.
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1976-79 CARS WITH POWER BRAKES, WITHOUT A/C
  1. Disconnect the battery negative cable and remove the air cleaner.
  2.  
  3. Remove the distributor cap and place it aside.
  4.  
  5. Remove the fuel line from the fuel pump to the carburetor.
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  7. Disconnect the electrical connector from the ignition coil. Remove the three coil bracket retaining screws and remove the coil with bracket.
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  9. Disconnect the vacuum hose to the distributor vacuum advance unit.
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  11. Disconnect the electrical connector from the oil pressure sending unit and remove the sending unit. See the preceding Note concerning the oil pressure sender harness lock.
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  13. Disconnect the wires from the starter solenoid.
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  15. Remove the brace screw from the bottom of the starter housing.
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  17. Remove the two starter-to-flywheel housing mounting screws.
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  19. Hold the starter with both hands and remove it by sliding it toward the front of the car.
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  21. Installation is the reverse of removal.
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1976-79 CARS WITH POWER BRAKES AND A/C
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable and remove the air cleaner.
  2.  
  3. Remove the upper starter-to-flywheel housing mounting screw.
  4.  
  5. Remove the two steering column lever cover screws.
  6.  
  7. Remove the mast jacket lower bracket screw.
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  9. Remove the upper steering column mounting bracket.
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  11. Disconnect the four electrical connectors from the steering column.
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  13. Raise the car.
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  15. Disconnect the flexible coupling (rag joint) and push it aside.
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  17. Disconnect the wires from the starter solenoid.
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  19. Remove the brace screw from the bottom of the starter housing.
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  21. Remove the lower starter-to-flywheel housing mounting screw.
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  23. To gain clearance, raise the engine 1 / 2 " with a jack placed under the left side of the engine.
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  25. Remove the starter by lowering it through the opening at the bottom of the engine.
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  27. Installation is the reverse of removal.
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1980-88 CARS WITH POWER BRAKES
  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the air cleaner.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the gas line at the carburetor and move it to one side.
  6.  
  7. Remove the splash shield from the distributor coil and move to one side.
  8.  
  9. Using a 6" and 12" extension with a universal socket, remove the upper starter bolt.
  10.  
  11. Remove the steering column cover screws and remove the cover.
  12.  
  13. Remove the steering column upper nuts and toe pan screw.
  14.  
  15. Raise the front of the car and make sure it is supported securely.
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  17. Remove the steering shaft from the steering coupling. Lower the vehicle and move the steering column from inside of the car to gain access to the starter.
  18.  
  19. Installation is the reverse of removal.
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Diesel Engine


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Fig. Fig. 3Exploded view of a starter for a diesel engine

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the starter wiring after labeling. The starter is located at the right rear of the engine.
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  5. Remove the upper mounting nut and the lower mounting bolt, then remove the starter.
  6.  
  7. Installation is the reverse of removal.
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