Thu, 19/Oct/2017 15:41

'97 Chevy K1500 starter

So the starter on my pickup truck has been dying a long death. For a long time I thought it was the fuel pump getting worse. As I would start the truck it would attempt to turn over without starting multiple time before it would start. As it would start, the lights would dim and it would act like it was having a difficult time rolling over. I had put a new battery in the truck about a year ago and I know the battery is still very strong. I explained this to my father in-law, a mechanic by trade, who suggested it was the starter and not the fuel pump. I checked into prices of starters and thought I would wait.

Well, the final straw came when and friend of my wife's ran out of gas one night a couple blocks from home. She called a few friends and asked for help. I showed up just in time to see her vehicle being pushed up to the curb at her house. To assess her problem I gave another fellow a ride to get some gas for her. My truck did not want to start. He strongly suggested it was the starter. A few days later, convinced he was right, I went up to the parts store and bought a starter figuring to put the thing in myself.

I used the jack, and lifted the front passenger side of the truck, setting the parking brake first of course. I climbed under and began to loosen the wiring. I pulled off the main connection cable and loosened the pass through bolts that hold the starter in place. I have a chilton manual for the truck and it warns the starter is heavier than it looks. It is. Once it was loose, I then removed the remaining electrical cable and brought it down. So there was a little more to this story, so far part of which entails my hands and arms up half way to my elbows being turned completely black from the greasy muck and me nearly dropping the starter onto my face. It did take only about 20 minutes for my inexperienced hands to get it out.

I then, holding the starter near position, attached the small electrical wire and then the large wire. I then pushed the starter into place and bolted it. Cleaned up, which took some effect to remove most of the grease. Even a writing this a week later the cracks in my hands are black. I turned the key and wow it started right up easy-peasy lemon-squeezy. This is nice.

I should note that I was surprised that all the bolts on the starter are English sizes. There are other bolts on the truck that are metric.





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