Replacing the starter on your 1999 Honda Accord is a straightforward process that an inexperienced mechanic can complete within an hour. Labor charges are high, and that expense is not necessary when the process is not difficult. If you've checked the fuses and relays and have determined the starter needs to be replaced, move forward with the replacement process to have your car running properly again.
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Things you need
- Metric socket set
- Metric wrench set
Disconnect the negative battery terminal using a wrench to loosen the nut. Unplug the wiring harness from the starter motor.
Disconnect the lower radiator hose from the bracket on the starter assembly by using a wrench.
Remove the starter cable from the solenoid by removing the nut with a wrench. Unplug the black and white wire from the solenoid.
Remove the two bolts from the starter using a ratchet and socket. Take the starter off the engine.
Put the new starter in place. Secure the bolts using the socket and ratchet.
Reconnect the lower radiator hose to the bracket on the starter.
Reconnect the negative battery terminal and tighten the nut with a wrench. Start the car engine to test the installation.
Tips and warnings
- Factory sound systems in the Honda Accord have antitheft devices. You should know the device's activation code before you begin this replacement procedure so you can activate the stereo when you are finished.
- Do not overheat the starter motor when starting the car. Never engage the starter for more than 30 seconds at a time, and wait a few minutes between start attempts.
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