How to Change a Starter on a Honda Civic

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If the starter stops working on your Honda Civic, the engine will not turn over. This means the Honda is sidelined until the starter is replaced.

Many think the starter on a Civic would be difficult to remove because the vehicle is a compact Import, but Honda placed the starter in an easy-to-reach location that makes it easy for the do-it-yourself mechanic to change. This helps to save time and money and you can get your Honda Civic back on the road in short time.

Place the Honda on a car lift. If you do not have access to a car lift, place the Front end of the Civic on jack stands to raise the front end off the ground so you can get under it.

Remove the negative battery cable with a 12mm wrench.

Locate the starter under the driver side portion of the engine. It is beside the transmission and bolted to the engine.

Remove the big black ground wire by removing the 12mm nut that secures it to the side of the starter. Use a 12mm socket and ratchet.

Disconnect the harness that connects the electrical system to the starter solenoid by pushing the lock inward and pulling the harness.

Remove the two 14mm bolts that secure the starter to the engine and pull the starter out. Use a 14mm socket and ratchet.

Place the starter gear into the engine and bolt it into place.

Reconnect the wire harness to the starter solenoid.

Reconnect the large black ground wire with the 12mm nut.

Reconnect the negative battery cable.