GM Malibu/Cutlass 1997-2000

Starter

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TESTING



Voltage Drop Test

NOTE
The battery must be in good condition and fully charged prior to performing this test.

  1. Disable the ignition system by unplugging the coil pack. Verify that the vehicle will not start.
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  3. Connect a voltmeter between the positive terminal of the battery and the starter B+ circuit.
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  5. Turn the ignition key to the START position and note the voltage on the meter.
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  7. If voltage reads 0.5 volts or more, there is high resistance in the starter cables or the cable ground, repair as necessary. If the voltage reading is ok proceed to the next step.
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  9. Connect a voltmeter between the positive terminal of the battery and the starter M circuit.
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  11. Turn the ignition key to the START position and note the voltage on the meter.
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  13. If voltage reads 0.5 volts or more, there is high resistance in the starter. Repair or replace the starter as necessary.
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NOTE
Many automotive parts stores have starter bench testers available for use by customers. A starter bench test is the most definitive way to determine the condition of your starter.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



2.4L Engine
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable at the battery.
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  3. Detach the air inlet duct from the throttle body.
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  5. Position a drain pan under the oil filter, then remove the oil filter.
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  7. Remove the top starter bolt.
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  9. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  11. Remove the lower starter retaining bolt.
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  13. If necessary, position the engine wiring harness aside.
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  15. Position the starter to enable access to the solenoid wiring, then detach the wiring.
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  17. Remove the starter from the vehicle.
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To install:

  1. Raise the starter to the vehicle, then attach the wiring.
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  3. Position the starter, then secure using the lower starter bolt. Tighten to 66 ft. lbs. (90 Nm).
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Fig. When installing the starter on the 2.4L engine, tighten the mounting bolts to 66 ft. lbs. (90 Nm)

  1. If moved, reposition the engine wiring harness.
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  3. Attach the solenoid electrical connectors.
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  5. Carefully lower the vehicle.
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  7. Install the top starter bolt, then tighten to 66 ft. lbs. (90 Nm).
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  9. Replace the oil filter.
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  11. Fasten the air inlet duct to the throttle body.
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  13. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  15. Check the oil level and add if necessary.