Learning how to replace a starter for 1997 Nissan Altima can not only save you money, but it can also give you a valuable skill that can come in handy later on. Most repair shops will quote hundreds of dollars just to replace a 1997 Nissan Altima’s starter, but with a little work, you can keep your money in your pocket and perform the task yourself in about an hour or less. All you need is a few tools and some time and patience.
What you’ll need:
- 3/8” socket set
- Open end wrench set
- Locate the starter on your Nissan Altima. Disconnect the battery before starting any work. The starter is located at the top front of the transmission. You will have to remove the air filter and the inlet duct to the throttle body in order to gain access to it.
- Remove the starter. The starter is mounted to the Nissan transmission with two 17mm bolts. Loosen these bolts and slide the starter out of position. You may have to remove it from underneath the vehicle in some cases. Remove any electrical connections from the starter.
- Install the new starter. Inspect the new starter for your 1997 Nissan Altima to see if it matches up physically to the old starter. Reconnect the electrical connectors and slide the starter into place. Reattach the mounting bolts and then reinstall the inlet duct and air filter.
- Test the new starter. Reconnect the battery and crank the 1997 Nissan Altima up. The car should start with no issues. If there are any problems, you may want to have the starter inspected by an experienced mechanic.
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