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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 1995-2005 Chevrolet Cavalier, Pontiac Sunfire Starter Replacement

Fits Years: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005


Tools required:

  • T25 Torx Bit/ratchet

  • 8mm socket/ratchet

  • 10mm socket/ratchet

  • 13mm socket/ratchet

  • 15mm socket/ratchet


Step 1: Open the vehicle's hood. Using the 8mm socket/ratchet, disconnect the vehicle's positive battery cable.

Step 2: Loosen and remove the 8mm (1) and 10mm (1) bolts to disconnect the electrical leads from the starter assembly.

Step 3: From beneath the vehicle, loosen and remove the T25 Torx screw (1) located on the starter assembly.

Step 4: Loosen and remove the 13mm bolts (3) that secure the undercarriage brace to the vehicle. Remove the brace.

Step 5: Loosen and remove the 10mm bolts (2) on the DRIVER'S side of the starter assembly.

Step 6: Loosen and remove the 13mm bolt (1) on the PASSENGER'S side of the starter assembly (up and near the back).

Step 6: Loosen and remove the 15mm bolts (2) on the DRIVER'S side of the starter assembly.

Step 7: You can now remove the starter from the vehicle.


NOTE: Loosen and remove the 10mm bolts (2) that secure the mounting bracket to the starter assembly. Mount this assembly to the new starter.

Step 8: Mount the NEW starter by tightening the 15mm bolts (2) and the 13mm bolt (1). You can now tighten the 10mm bolts (2).

Step 9: Secure the brace to the UNDERSIDE of the area by tightening the 13mm bolts (3).

Step 10: Secure the wiring leads to the starter assembly by tightening the T25 screw (1), 8mm bolt (1), and 10mm bolt (1).

Step 11: Reconnect the battery cable.



These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
05 2005, 04 2004, 03 2003, 02 2002, 01 2001, 00 2000, 99 1999, 98 1998, 97 1997, 96 1996, 95 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier, Pontiac Sunfire Starter Replacement Instructions
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