How To Replace the Starter in a Honda Accord

The vehicle’s starter is responsible for cranking the engine to life. If you own a Honda Accord (model 1996 to 2000), below are the instructions for replacing the car’s starter. Make sure you have your Honda Accord owner’s manual as well as the manual for the stereo system.

  • Get your tools ready. You will need the following:
    • Replacement starter
    • Car jack
    • Terminal puller
    • Parking blocks
    • Torque wrench
  • Check for the stereo system’s reset code. When the battery cables are disconnected the installed anti-theft system will shut down. You will need the reset code for the stereo system later on when the starter has been replaced.
  • Park the Honda Accord properly. The car should be on a well lighted level surface. Make sure the car is off and the emergency brake is engaged. If you have parking blocks, position them at the back of the tires just to be on the safe side. You can also raise the front part of the car first with a car jack. This will give you better access to the starter.
  • Disconnect the battery cable. Use a terminal puller to remove both the positive and negative battery cable from the battery.
  • Take out the wiring harness, radiator hose and starter cable. If your Honda Accord has a 2.2, 2.3 or 2.7 liter engine, take out the wiring harness of the starter motor. Look for the starter motor bracket then remove the radiator’s lower hose. For Honda Accords with 3.0L engines, you have to detach the ATF or Automatic Transmission Fluid cooler. Find the starter cable and take this out from terminal-B, which is behind the solenoid. Detach the cable (black and white) away from the S-terminal.
  • Remove the starter. Find the starter mounting bolts. On the transaxle assembly there are two. The third is found behind the starter. Set aside the bolts and the nuts in a safe place so they won’t get lost. Carefully take out the starter.
  • Purchase a new starter. Go to an auto parts store and bring the malfunctioning starter with you. Request for the same kind of starter. The cranking capacity should be the same or even higher. The bolt patterns, electrical connections and drive gears should match. Most aftermarket distributors make the starters themselves. Some give you partial credit whenever you exchange your old one with a new one. Be careful in transporting the new starter home so it does not get damaged along the way.
  • Replace the bolts. Position the new starter beside the transaxle assembly. Attach it using the same nuts and bolts you removed earlier. Mounting bolts should be torqued to 45 Nm or 33 foot pounds for engines 2.2 L, 2.3L or 3.0L. Wire terminal nuts for these engines are torqued to 9 Nm or 7 foot pounds. If the engine is 2.7L, the mounting bolts and wire terminal nuts are torqued to the following respectively: 64 Nm or 47 foot pounds and 9 Nm or 6.5 foot pounds.
  • Reconnect the cables. The starter cable should be reconnected to terminal-B while the wire cable should be reconnected to terminal-S. If necessary, reconnect the radiator’s lower hose or ATF cooler. Finally, reinstall the wiring harness of the starter motor.

Complete the task by lowering the front end of the car to the ground and reconnecting the battery cables. Turn on the ignition to check if the starter was replaced properly. Enter the reset code for the stereo system and you are done!


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