Need to know how to replace a Cadillac Escalade starter? There are a few things to keep in mind when replacing the starter on your Cadillac Escalade. First of all, the starter is generally located under the back left side of the engine, near the firewall. This is where the starter gets connected to the flywheel, which is connected to the crankshaft. The starter is located here on all cars except hybrids and diesels. Forget about having to drop the exhaust. Check it out for yourself; if the starter can be brought out by the engine, you will not need to drop the exhaust. Before you begin, make absolutely certain that the problem is in the starter. This is a major repair and costs time as well as money. A lot of people will take their Cadillac Escalade into a shop even for so simple a repair, but why go through the hassle if all you need is a battery? As the battery is your Cadillac Escalade's primary electrical power supply, checking it first is a smart thing to do.
To replace a starter in a Cadillac Escalade, you will need:
- A wrench set
- A new starter
- Now that we are sure the problem is the starter, you will need to check the solenoid switch. This is the switch that controls the on/off functions on the starter. If it is bad, it can replaced for as little as ten to fifteen dollars. You will need a paint pen or other type of marker before you begin removing wires. By marking the connections you can ensure that they will get reconnected properly. A socket wrench works best on bolts, but an open-faced wrench will get the job done. Put all bolts where you can get to them without losing one.
Before lifting the starter out, look carefully and choose the best possible route. Even then, you will have to do a lot of twisting and turning in and around the engine block. It will be tight maneuvering, but it will eventually come out.
- Once you have managed to remove the starter from your Cadillac Escalade, the hard part is over. Reverse the process to install the new starter. Once the new starter is in place, reconnect it to all the bolts and wires. A good rule is to make the first thing you did the last and the last thing the first. After reconnecting the battery, the Cadillac Escalade should start right up.