: starter

06-05-04, 03:02 PM
where is the starter on a 1993 northstar V8

06-05-04, 03:53 PM
It is in the valley of the engine, under the intake manifold.

All you have to do is to remove the 4 inner, recessed bolts in the top of the intake manifold. Look at the silver top cover and you will see 4 bolts recessed below the level of the cover toward the center of the cover. Do NOT remove the perimeter row of screws from the silver top cover...just the 4 inner ones. The manifld will lift up enough to reach the starter. There is no coolant in the intake manifold passages and the seals and gaskets are reusuable so it is pretty simple.

You will have to loosen the duct to the throttle body and such to get some play but the complete manifold assembly will lift up enough to reach the two starter bolts. Just lift it up and prop it up with a wood block.

You might want to clean the phenolic spacer plates that are between the intake manifold and the cylinder head surface while you are in there. Those plates (one on each side) carry the EGR to each port so they are likely carboned up at this point. Clean out the passages to restore the proper EGR flow. Also, while the plates are out, you need to clean the small square notch machined into the metal of the cylinder head at each intake port. That little "mouse hole" is where the EGR and PCV enters the port.

Search in the archives using "starter" and "phenolic spacer plates" for previous info on this.