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How to Change a Starter Motor on a Renault 19

Updated February 21, 2017

Designed by French auto manufacturer Renault, the Renault 19 was conceived as a four-door family car. The Renault 19 was manufactured between 1988 and 2000. The car was also known as the 19 Chamade, to distinguish it from other hatchback models manufactured by Renault; it was sold in Europe and South Africa, and even won the "Car of the Year" accolade in 1989, 1990 and in 1993. Since the last car produced is over 10 years old, items prone to wearing out, such as the starter, require replacement if you want to keep your 19 on the road.

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  1. Drive the Renault onto a set of ramps and secure it with a wheel chock positioned behind one of the rear tires, because due to its age, the emergency break may not offer adequate holding power to keep the vehicle from rolling off the ramps.

  2. Disconnect the negative battery cable from battery, using an adjustable wrench.

  3. Locate the starter on the bottom of the engine, on the driver's side of the vehicle. Use the replacement starter for a visual comparison. Spray the three mounting bolts and the bolt that holds the ground wire onto the back of the starter with a liquid rust remover. Liquid rust remover products are available at most popular auto parts stores. Apply more rust remover every couple of hours. Allow at least 12 hours before moving on.

  4. Remove the bolt that holds the large, black ground wire to the back of the starter. If the bolt is too rusted to use a 12-mm socket, use a pair of vice grip pliers. Pull the wire off the threaded stud once the bolt is removed.

  5. Remove the three bolts that secure the starter to the engine. Use a 17-mm socket and ratchet. If the bolts are too rusted to use a socket, use vice grip pliers; However, room is limited, and the use of pliers may prove difficult.

  6. Pull the old starter out of the engine. If the starter sticks to the engine, use a small hammer or the side of your fist to break it loose. Hit the side of the starter, not the engine.

  7. Turn the starter sideways and remove the wiring harness that connects to the starter solenoid.

  8. Plug the wiring harness into the starter solenoid and slide the starter gear into the engine.

  9. Line the bolt holes in the starter with the bolt holes in the engine and bolt the starter back into place. Use new bolts if the old ones are overly-rusted.

  10. Reconnect the large, black ground wire to the starter, and secure it, using the new nut that was supplied with the starter.

  11. Reconnect the negative battery cable to the battery terminal.

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Things You'll Need

  • Ramps
  • Wheel chock
  • Liquid rust remover
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Vice grip pliers
  • 17-mm socket
  • Ratchet

About the Author

Since 2006 Zyon Silket has been writing for companies such as SEOWhat, L&C Freelancing and T-Mobile Wireless. He has extensive experience working in supervisory roles within the wireless and Internet technologies fields. Silket is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in business management and network technologies at Lehigh Carbon Community College.

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