How To Change Starter – Saturn 2.2L L-Series Vehicles Tips Basic Replacement Tutorial

A faulty starter can prevent your Saturn 2.2L engine from starting, leaving you stranded on the side of the road. Fortunately, replacing the starter on a Saturn 2.2L engine is a relatively simple and straightforward process. In this blog, we will explain how to change the starter on a Saturn 2.2L engine, as well as how to diagnose if the starter is the root cause of your engine starting problems.



Locate the Starter

The starter on a Saturn 2.2L engine is typically located on the passenger side of the engine, near the bottom. It is usually mounted to the transmission bell housing, and is connected to the battery, solenoid, and engine.


Disconnect the Battery

Before you begin, it is important to disconnect the battery to prevent electrical shock or damage to the engine control module. To do this, locate the negative battery cable and remove it from the battery post.

Remove the Old Starter

Use a socket wrench to remove the bolts that secure the starter to the transmission bell housing. Then, gently pull the starter away from the engine and disconnect the electrical connections to the starter.

Install the New Starter

Install the new starter by first connecting the electrical connections and then securing it to the transmission bell housing with the bolts you removed earlier.



Test the New Starter

Once the new starter is installed, reconnect the battery and turn the key to the “On” position. You should hear a clicking noise as the solenoid engages the starter gear. If the starter is working properly, the engine should start.

Diagnosing a Faulty Starter

If your Saturn 2.2L engine is not starting, it may be due to a faulty starter. Here are a few diagnostic steps to help you determine if the starter is the problem:

Check the Battery

Make sure the battery is charged and in good condition. If the battery is weak, the starter may not have enough power to engage the engine.

Check the Electrical

Connections Inspect the electrical connections to the starter to ensure they are tight and in good condition. Loose or damaged electrical connections can prevent the starter from receiving power from the battery.

Check the Solenoid

The solenoid is responsible for engaging the starter gear. If the solenoid is faulty, the starter will not engage the engine. To test the solenoid, you can use a multimeter to measure the voltage at the solenoid. If there is no voltage, the solenoid is likely faulty.

Check the Starter

If the battery, electrical connections, and solenoid are all in good condition, the starter may be faulty. To test the starter, you can use a multimeter to measure the resistance of the starter motor. If the resistance is high, the starter motor is likely faulty and needs to be replaced.

In conclusion, replacing the starter on a Saturn 2.2L engine is a straightforward process that can be completed with basic tools. By following these steps, you can diagnose and repair the starter, ensuring your engine starts reliably and efficiently.