How to Change the Starter on a 2001 Chevy Impala 3400

Things You'll Need

  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • Open-end wrench set
  • 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set
  • Replacement starter


  1. Pop the hood. Remove the negative terminal from the battery with an open-end wrench. Do the same with the positive terminal. Lift the front of your Impala with a jack. Lower the car onto jack stands for support. Remove the jack.

  2. Unbolt the lower radiator air deflector from the chassis using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Pull it to the side. Locate the connection between the transmission and the motor. Remove the torque converter cover at the bottom of the transmission, using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket.

  3. Locate the starter on the driver's side of the engine block. Unbolt the connections on the starter with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket, taking note of where each connection mounts for future reference. Unbolt the starter from the engine block. Lower it carefully from the engine using both hands for support.

  4. Lift the replacement starter up and place it in the engine compartment. Secure the starter with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Reconnect the electrical connections using the ratchet. Reinstall the torque converter cover and the lower air deflector using the ratchet.

  5. Reconnect the negative terminal on the battery and then the negative terminal using an open-end wrench. Raise the front of the Impala with the jack above the jack stands. Remove the jack stands. Lower the car to the ground.

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