Malibu 2001-2005

Starter

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Removal & Installation



2.2L Engine
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Starter motor electrical connections
     
    Starter motor mounting bolts
     
    Starter motor
     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Starter motor. Tighten the mounting bolts to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
     
    Starter motor electrical connections. Tighten the battery cable to 7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm). Tighten the solenoid cable to 4 ft. lbs. (5 Nm).
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Starter motor electrical connections
     
    Starter motor mounting bolts
     
    Starter motor
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Starter motor
     
    Starter motor mounting bolts. Tighten the mounting bolts for 2005-06 models to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
     
    Tighten the mounting bolts for 2007-08 models to 39 ft. lbs. (53 Nm).
     
    Starter motor electrical connections. Tighten the battery cable for 2005-06 models to 7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm). Tighten the solenoid cable to 4 ft. lbs. (5 Nm).
     
    Tighten the battery cable for 2007-08 models to 89 inch. lbs. (10 Nm). Tighten the solenoid cable to 27 inch. lbs. (3 Nm).
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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3.1L Engine
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Lower closeout panel
     
    Starter bolts
     
    Starter electrical connectors
     
    Starter motor
     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Starter electrical connectors. Torque the solenoid cable to 106 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
     
    Starter motor. Torque the bolts to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
     
    Lower closeout panel
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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3.5L Engines
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Flywheel inspection cover
     
    Starter motor electrical connections
     
    Starter motor mounting bolts
     
    Starter motor
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Starter motor. Tighten mounting bolts to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
     
    Starter motor electrical connections. Tighten battery cable to 13 ft. lbs. (17 Nm). Tighten the solenoid cable to 27 inch lbs. (3 Nm).
     
    Flywheel inspection cover
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Flywheel inspection cover
     
    Starter motor electrical connections
     
    Starter motor mounting bolts
     
    Starter motor
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Starter motor and mounting bolts. Tighten mounting bolts for 2005-06 models to 30 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
     
    Tighten mounting bolts for 2007-08 models to 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm).
     
    Starter motor electrical connections. Tighten battery cable to 89 inch. lbs. (10 Nm). Tighten the solenoid cable to 27 inch lbs. (3 Nm).
     
    Flywheel inspection cover. Tighten mounting bolts to 89 inch. lbs. (10 Nm).
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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Solenoid or Relay



Removal & Installation
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. Remove the starter motor from the vehicle and place on a clean work surface.
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  7. Disconnect the solenoid-to-starter lead wire.
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  9. Remove the solenoid mounting bolts and slide out the solenoid. Pull out the solenoid torsion spring, if so equipped. On some models, it may be necessary to remove the starter assembly through bolts from the yoke to remove the solenoid.
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  11. If equipped with shims between the solenoid and starter, remove and place aside.

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    Fig. Remove the nut attaching the solenoid cable



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    Fig. Starter solenoid components

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To install:

  1. Install the solenoid with any adjustment shims.
  2.  
  3. Torque the bolts to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Connect the starter-to-solenoid electrical lead.
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  7. Install the starter through-bolts if removed.
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  9. Install the starter motor.
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  11. Check for proper operation.
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Testing & Troubleshooting



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.
    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.

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