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    Hi all,

    Has anyone got a How 2 to fit a starter motor on a Vectra C 1.9CDTI 120bhp?

    Have been thinking about giving it a go? Saves £55.00 (local garage price)? As I have the starter motor in the hallway ready to go!

    Thanks..

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    Vehicle : Vectra

    Trim : Exclusiv

    Engine : 1.9 CDTi 150

    Year : 2007

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    I realise that this wont help you much right now but pop to halfords and get yourself a Haynes manual, they are about £20 but they give you a very good explantion of how to do things.

    im sorry if that came across as sarcastic, i am a Mechanic by trade but even before that a Haynes manual saved me alot of money!

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    The Haynes manual isn't much use for this job - its quite straightforward to do - I did mine a few months ago - Put the car on axle stands as you will need to get underneath. The main problem is gaining access to the 3 bolts holding the motor on, and even when you get to them you cannot get a socket on them to undo them - they are only small headed bolts (13mm if I remember correctly) and I found it easier to undo and tighten them with a ratchet spanner. You can access a couple of bolts from above and I found it easier to remove the battery and battery box/tray.( Make sure you have your radio code) Take out the two bolts from above then get underneath the car - at this stage you are best disconnecting the two electrical connections that are on the solenoid - one large and one small, both held on by nuts. A bit fiddly again - finally remove the last bolt and then you can remove the motor from below. Refitting (as Haynes say is a reversal of the removal)
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    All done guys! Thanks a lot..! I used a really helpful local mechanic..

    However.. some bad news was found.. The car appears to have another (bigger) problem The Clutch is on its way out, and is very much in need of replacing asap.. ouch! I have been quoted £550 which includes labour.. now from reading round the forum, I understand that is fairly good?

    I have been a bit concerned about this car as this is another bif issue since i have bought it.. but the tester assured me that despite the starter motor and the clutch it is in good condition..

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    Starter change can be done without access from underneath. I did mine Friday in about an hour. Did not need to remove battery or Battery box found it better to leave it as you can lean on it.

    Tools required:- 13mm Ring spanner + 13mm ratchet spanner + 10mm ring spanner.

    Disconnect Battery 10mm spanner. Disconnect main solenoid cable from starter 13mm spanner, disconnect solenoid supply 10mm spanner.

    Feel under the mounting flange of the motor and locate the 13mm nut which holds the Earth strap, remove this nut, I found a 13mm ratchet spanner best for this as you can't actually see it, when that is removed remove the earth strap. Still at the same location remove the bolt, note the lower bolt has a treaded portion on the top of the Hex that the earth strap is fastened too, so it looks like a threaded bar with a nut partway down, obvious when its out.

    Now you can remove the 2 upper bolts. Now carefully remove the starter, its not heavy but awkward, you can manouver it upwards twisting as required around the brake pipes etc, it pops out just at the side of the coolant header tank.

    Assembly of the new unit is the reverse of the above, as Mr Haynes would say. But the bracket for the pipework is a little sod to get the mounting flange under, just percevere. You will notice that upper corner hole on the motor flange has a dowel bush fitted, on reassembly fit that bolt first to ensure that this dowel locates correctly.

    As I said it took me about an hour in total.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny.surname View Post
    All done guys! Thanks a lot..! I used a really helpful local mechanic..

    However.. some bad news was found.. The car appears to have another (bigger) problem The Clutch is on its way out, and is very much in need of replacing asap.. ouch! I have been quoted £550 which includes labour.. now from reading round the forum, I understand that is fairly good?

    I have been a bit concerned about this car as this is another bif issue since i have bought it.. but the tester assured me that despite the starter motor and the clutch it is in good condition..
    Beware garages "pumping" customers for extra work.

    Replacing the starter wont show clutch wear to the fitter only clutch dust in the starter.
    Get a second opinion if you are concerned, if its not slipping or making a noise why worry ?

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    Sorry to hijack an old thread but is it the same procedure to change the starter motor on an auto as on the manual box please. My wife's car is struggling to start when cold, battery and alternator both checked and OK, glow plugs have been changed so I'm guessing starter.
    Any advice appreciated.

    Thanks.

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