How to Change the Starter on a 2000 Chevy Malibu

How to change the starter on a 2000 Chevy Malibu? Replacing the starter on your Malibu can be done right at home with a few tools however, it is important that you understand a few things before you get started.

Although your starter is quite small it is actually what turns the big flywheel, within the engine to get it to start. It does not require the frequent attention that many other parts in your car do but the starter does eventually require a replacement.

The starter in your Malibu can be damaged by many things including environmental factors such as rocks or from driving through areas flooded with water.

Corrosion often builds up on the starter’s terminals and prevents it from receiving the necessary power that it needs to operate.

Continually attempting to start your car when it has a dead battery will also damage the starter motor. The clicking that you hear is actually the starter trying to engage the flywheel.

Your first step in learning how to change the starter on a 2000 Chevy Malibu is to take safety precautions. When dealing with anything electrical within your Malibu, you should always disconnect the negative cable from the car’s battery.

You can do this with a wrench or a pair of pliers. Make sure that you position the cable, once disconnected, away from the battery to make sure that it does not accidentally contact the battery.

Make sure that the car is in park. The starter on your Malibu is on the driver’s side of the engine and you will have to jack your car up to see it. Raise the car with your carjack. If you have a jack-stand, position it beside the regular jack for added support of the car.

Slide under the Malibu and across from the driver’s side tire; you should see a part that is shaped like a metal tube or coffee thermos. This is the starter motor and at the top of it you should see 2 wires connected to it with nuts.

If you hadn’t already disconnected the negative battery cable, these 2 wires would still have power flowing through them.

Use your pliers or wrench to loosen both nuts holding the wires and then finish removing them by hand. Mentally note where each wire goes and then remove both of them from their terminal.

At the base of the starter motor, where you see that it attaches to the engine, you should see the starter’s securing bolts. It looks light but the starter is quite heavy, so when you remove the securing bolts, make sure that you support the starter.

After you have removed the securing bolts, lower and remove it from its position. To install a new starter in your 2000 Malibu all that you have to do now is reverse the removal directions. Connect the negative battery cable last.

Starters for the 2000 Malibu range in price and can often be difficult to find in stock. For this reason, it is always best to check the stock of the local auto parts stores in your area online first or by giving them a call.