: 1995 STS starter questions and seeking advice

09-29-12, 04:45 PM
My Mama's starter has gone out and her car has the northstar engine..I already know that it is the one where the starter is located beneath the intake manifold.

I know absolutely nothing about how a car engine or any parts of it operate BUT I am very strong for a girl and also meticulous when following instructions. So, since my mama cannot afford the prices shown to replace her starter here are my questions:

1. If I attempt to replace this starter myself and end up not being able to do it, is there anything I can really screw up so badly it would cost her more in the long run or screw it up so bad it cannot be fixed?

2. If after reading yalls opinions I do attempt to do this myself (I really want to do this to help her out) are there any little tips and tricks you know of that might not be mentioned in a repair manual?

Thank you in advance for your time =)

09-29-12, 07:00 PM
U need a decent tool set. Sockets, ratchets, and so on. Have u ever changed a spark plug? U need to disconnect gas lines next to intake. Can u do that? Fuel is nasty. There is good intentions and no experience. Do u have any friends who have wrenched on cars? Get some help

09-29-12, 07:57 PM
Yes I have changed sparkplugs and I think I can borrow decent tools from my boss. I dont have anyone to help. My little brother did all our mechanic work for us and he died this year.

09-29-12, 08:57 PM
It's pretty straight forward, you basically just need to remove what's in the way. 6 bolts and 4 studs for the intake manifold, and two bolts for the starter. Might need to relieve fuel pressure and disconnect the fuel line, if more clearance is needed. Probably also requires removal of throttle body + MAF, but not sure.

09-29-12, 09:10 PM
Thank you for your feedback and advice. I believe I will attempt this next week on my days off =)

10-01-12, 08:24 AM
look at the other thread for starter issues. nice little pic. disconnect battery cable too. starters are reliable. maybe you have a cable issue or switch issue. its easy to jump battery.

10-02-12, 08:01 PM
i got a 1995 seville factory service manual if you want me to look something up.

10-03-12, 04:29 PM
I have another question. The parts store told me I have to replace the intake manifold gasket, yet in the other thread on the forum it says its reusable and to just clean it in gas. Which is true? cause thats another 45.00 and since Im trying to save money I dont want to buy one if I dont need it.

10-03-12, 06:18 PM
If they're not damaged, you can reuse them. Parts store is trying to milk ya for more cash

10-06-12, 07:43 PM
Ur at parts store? Did u have them check ur starter to see if it's ok?