Changing a Broken Starter Cable
As time goes by, certain things would pop up and hinder your car from starting. One of those things could be due to a faulty starter cable. The starter cable of your vehicle is one of three cables attached to the battery. When corroded or becomes filled with dirty, the amount of electricity flowing from the battery to your starter is reduced. If the cable is significantly worn out, then the amount of current flowing through it will not be enough to supply the appropriate amount of charge to activate the vehicle's starter. In order to address the issue, you have to replace the cable that attaches the starter from the battery. Follow the steps provided below in order to properly change the cable.
Difficulty level: Easy
Things you'll need:
- Wheel chocks
- Jack stands
Step 1: Start by placing your wheel chocks behind each rear tire in order to avoid unwanted movement while replacing the starter cable. In addition, engage the vehicle's parking brake.
Step 2: Once you've properly secured the rear tires, the next step is jacking up the front of the car. After jacking the car, support it with two jack stands which can properly support the weight of the car.
Step 3: Locate the positive and negative terminals on the car's battery. You can do this by opening the vehicle's hood and looking for the negative and positive signs on the car's battery. If you are not able to locate the terminals by symbol, you could find them using color. Most positive terminals are attached to red cables while negative terminals are attached to black ones.
Step 4: Using a wrench, loosen the bolts that attaches the battery cables to both the negative and positive terminals of the battery. Once loosened, detach the negative and the positive battery cables from the battery.
Step 5: After disconnecting the battery cables, look for the vehicle's starter motor located underneath the engine.
Quick tip: The vehicle's starter can be found somewhere between the engine and the transmission. It is usually placed near the passenger's side of the vehicle.
Step 6: Once located, disconnect the battery cable attached to the side of the starter motor by removing the nut that holds the cable in place. Use a wrench to remove the nut before detaching the cable.
Step 7: Locate the starter solenoid. Use the remaining cable attached to the starter to find where the starter solenoid is located. For this step, you can use your hand to trace where the solenoid is from the starter.
Step 8: Detach the starter cable from solenoid. Note: a nut is holding the starter cable from the solenoid in place, use a wrench to loosen and remove the nut. Once the nut is removed, you can proceed with the removal of the cable.
Step 9: Place the new cable on the solenoid by sliding the new cable over the stud found on the vehicle's starter solenoid. Once attached, secure the cable in place with the nut you've previously removed from the old cable.
Step 10: After attaching the cable end to the solenoid, connect the free end of the cable to the battery cable post found on the starter. Once attached, secure it in place with the nut you've removed in step 6.
Step 11: After attaching the new cable from the solenoid to the starter motor, reconnect the battery cable from the starter motor back to the positive terminal. In addition, reconnect negative battery cable back to its terminal.