Nissan 240SX/Altima 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Starter

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TESTING



The easiest way to test the performance of the starter is to perform a voltage drop test.

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

  1. Connect a voltmeter between the positive and negative terminals of the battery.
  2.  
  3. Turn the ignition key to the START position and note the voltage drop on the meter.
  4.  
  5. If voltage drops below 11.5 volts, there is high resistance in the starting system.
  6.  
  7. Check for proper connections at the battery and starter.
  8.  
  9. Check the resistance of the battery cables and replace as necessary.
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  11. If all other components in the system are functional, the starter may be faulty.
  12.  

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



240SX
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  4.  
  5. On automatic transmission models, perform the following steps:
    1. Support the automatic transmission with a jack.
    2.  
    3. Remove the 4 rear mounting bracket bolts.
    4.  
    5. Slightly lower the transmission to provide clearance for the starter.
    6.  
    7. Remove the automatic transmission dipstick pipe.
    8.  

  6.  
  7. Remove the starter support bracket.
  8.  
  9. Label and disconnect the starter electrical harness.
  10.  
  11. Support the starter from under the vehicle using a jackstand.
  12.  
  13. Remove the starter mounting bolts.
  14.  
  15. Carefully lower the starter from the vehicle.
  16.  

To install:
  1. Position the starter on the engine and support using a jackstand.
  2.  
  3. Install the starter mounting bolts and tighten to 30-37 ft. lbs. (40-50 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Connect the starter electrical harness.
  6.  
  7. Install the starter support bracket.
  8.  
  9. On automatic transmission models, perform the following steps:
    1. Install the automatic transmission dipstick pipe.
    2.  
    3. Raise the transmission and install the 4 rear mounting bracket bolts.
    4.  
    5. Remove the jack supporting the automatic transmission.
    6.  

  10.  
  11. Lower the vehicle.
  12.  
  13. Connect the negative battery cable.
  14.  

Altima

See Figures 1, 2 and 3



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Fig. Fig. 1: The starter is located to the left of the oil filter housing on the engine block



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Fig. Fig. 2: The starter motor is removed from the bottom side of the engine compartment



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Fig. Fig. 3: When installing, be sure to align the starter's mounting bolt holes with those in the engine block

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  4.  
  5. Remove the starter support bracket, as required.
  6.  
  7. Label and disconnect the starter electrical harness.
  8.  
  9. Support the starter from beneath the vehicle using a jackstand.
  10.  
  11. Remove the starter mounting bolts.
  12.  
  13. Carefully lower the starter from the vehicle.
  14.  

To install:
  1. Position the starter on the engine and support it using a jackstand.
  2.  
  3. Install the starter mounting bolts and tighten to 30-37 ft. lbs. (40-50 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Connect the starter electrical harness.
  6.  
  7. Install the starter support bracket, as required.
  8.  
  9. Lower the vehicle.
  10.  
  11. Connect the negative battery cable.
  12.  

 
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