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Thread: Starter Removal

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    Default Starter Removal

    Alright well I've been looking around the forums looking to see if anyone else has asked this question but I had no luck find a thread. I have a 2002 1500 Silverado 5.3L. I'm trying to remove my starter the replace it. I'm coming into a problem where I can't get it out all the way. I have unbolted that plastic cover by it and it came out a little more. Does anyone know any trick or anything to get this guy out. I need like just another half inch. Thank you for your help!

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    Do you have photos

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    Not really familiar with that setup, but what is it that's causing your clearance issues keeping the starter from coming out??

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    Probably the exhaust pipe in the way.....might have to remove it. I have seen cases where you can turn the starter around up in there and then get it by. This was in older Chevys, so may not be the same

    Have you taken the whole flywheel inspection cover off?

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    @BurbanMan no I don't have pictures but I will take some when I get home from work
    @08_rado_rocker I'm not sure what's stopping it. I had a friend looking through the wheel well while I tried to remove it but he didn't see anything either. The only wires around there are for the starter and the oil level sensor
    @poncho62 the exhaust pipe isn't in the way but I didn't try taking off the inspection cover yet and I will give that a try, but it looks like I still would have to get the starter out to remove that cover

    I really appreciate you guys gettin back to me on this and I'll get back to you guys if I get it out or not.

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    I found this, it should help.

    Here are the instructions from the service manual.



    1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
    2. Raise and suitably support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle.

    1. Remove the right transmission cover bolt.

    1. Remove the starter bolts.
    2. Slide the starter forward until the starter clears the transmission.

    1. Disconnect the oil level sensor electrical connector (6).
    2. Remove the starter solenoid nut (3).
    3. Remove the starter lead (2) from the solenoid stud.

    1. Remove the starter lead nut.
    2. Remove the positive cable from the starter stud.
    3. Place the starter on a workbench.

    1. Unsnap the transmission cover from the starter.

    1. If necessary, remove the starter shield.


    1. If necessary, install the starter shield.

    1. Snap the transmission cover to the starter.

    1. Install the positive cable to the starter stud.

    NOTE: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions.

    1. Install the starter lead nut.

    Tighten the starter lead nut to 9 N.m (80 lb in) .

    1. Install the starter solenoid lead (2) to the solenoid stud.
    2. Install the starter solenoid nut (3).

    Tighten the starter solenoid nut to 3.4 N.m (30 lb in) .
    1. Connect the oil level sensor electrical connector (6).

    1. Snap the transmission cover onto the starter.
    2. Slide the starter rearward.
    3. Install the starter bolts.

    Tighten the starter bolts to 50 N.m (37 lb ft) .

    1. Install the right transmission cover bolt.

    Tighten the transmission cover bolt to 9 N.m (80 lb in) .
    1. Lower the vehicle.

    1. Connect the negative battery cable.

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    The only thing I haven't done is remove the oil level sensor connector. I haven't been able to get the starter to slide all the way out but maybe it will slide out the extra half inch I need if I disconnect that connector

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    Alright I finally got it replaced. It was hitting something and I still don't know what it was but I just kept trying every which way possible to slide it out and it just kinda fell out. Going back in was really easy. It just slid right in. Thank you guys for your help. I appreciate it.

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