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How to Remove the Starter on a 1979 Chevrolet Van

The van scene was huge in 1979, with vans selling off showroom floors like crazy. Today, 1979 Chevrolet vans--many of which are still on the road--have seen a lot of miles along the way and have been started thousands of times. When the starter goes out, the van ceases to run once it is turned off. The fix is to replace the starter with a new model, but first you have to remove the defective starter.

Tools Used: Open-end wrench set, Jack, Jack stands, 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and socket set

Remove the Starter

Open the hood. Remove the connections at the battery with an open-end wrench, starting with the negative terminal then moving to the positive terminal. Raise the van in the air using the jack, and put it down on the jack stands.

Locate the starter on the passenger side of the engine, next to the transmission. Disconnect the connections on the starter motor using an open-end wrench until all electric connections are off of the starter.

Unbolt one of the starter motor bolts using the 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and socket. Support the starter with one hand, then disconnect the other starter bolt using the ratchet, because the starter motor is quite heavy. Lower the starter away from the bottom of the engine.

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