How to Change the Starter on a 1988 Honda Accord

Depending on the model, a Honda Accord might be equipped with a standard starter or a gear reduction starter. Both starters are changed the same way and both work the same from an electrical standpoint. A gear reduction starter is often smaller than a standard starter and has more power because of the gearing in the starter. In both types, once the gear engages the flywheel and turns the engine over, a spring brings the gear away from the flywheel when the key is released from the "Start" position into the "On" position.

Tools Used: Set of sockets, Set of wrenches, Torque wrench, Starter

Change the Starter

Disconnect the negative battery cable and lay it aside, ensuring that it does not touch metal. Disconnect the positive battery cable. Unscrew the bolt holding the large cable onto the starter. Remove the large cable from the starter. Disconnect the rest of the wires, making note of their place on the starter. If your model has part of the engine harness attached to the starter, remove the harness from its clip on the starter and move it out of the way.

Unbolt the starter, then remove the starter.

Line up the new starter in its position. Insert the bolts and tighten them to 47 foot-pounds of torque using the torque wrench if your model has a 6-cylinder engine. For other engines, tighten the starter bolts to 32 foot-pounds of torque.

Push the engine harness into its holder if you had to remove it. Connect the rest of the wires, including the big wire. Reconnect the battery's positive and negative cables.

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