The starter motor is located at the front of the engine, and can be a fiddly job to get to without removing other parts. Bear in mind that some newer vehicles may have to remove other parts to get to the starter motor, but most vehicles should be a straight forward process.
Estimated time: 45+ mins Difficulty: Easy/Medium
The first thing you need to do is to disconnect the battery. This will help to avoid any sparks when removing the starter motor. Remember to disconnect the positive connection last, as this prevents a spark.
Once the battery has been disconnected you need to disconnect the two cables that are connected to the starter motor. One of the cables is the spade, which is used to start the motor and the other is the power cable. There will be bolts on the connections which you will need the right size spanner to remove them.
Once the cables have been removed there will be two bolts connecting the part to the engine. It will most likely be a 14mm spanner you need but check first to make sure this is the right size. Remove the first bolt and when removing the second bolt you may need to hold onto the starter motor to remove this bolt. Once both bolts have been removed you can take the old motor out.
Fitting a new starter motor
Now put the new motor in place and bolt this to the engine.
Make sure both bolts are fitted tightly to hold it in place. You then need to connect both cables to the motor. Make sure you put each cable back on the connection you took it from. Tighten the nuts properly, ensuring a good connection.
Now it’s time to reconnect the battery. Make sure you connect the positive first and then the negative. Again this will prevent any sparks, and any unwanted damage to any other parts of the vehicle.
Now is time to test that the part is working. The car should now start with the new replacement part in place.