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Starter Installation

by Haldex Brake Systems

IMPORTANT: Place vehicle in neutral and disconnect batteries before working on the electrical system.

  1. TEST THE BATTERIES BEFORE INSTALLING THE STARTER

Batteries must be in good condition, have the proper capacity and be fully charged. A defective or discharged battery will result in low voltage which will stress the starter and may result in early failure. This will also cause early failure of the Series Parallel Switch. Batteries with insufficient capacity will result in poor starter performance especially in colder temperatures.

  1. INSPECT ALL WIRE AND BATTERY CABLES

Battery cables and starter wiring must be of the proper size and free of corrosion. High resistance in the starter circuit will result in slow or sluggish starter performance due to low current flow. This may result in starter failure. Many starters are needlessly replaced for this reason.

  1. INSPECT FOR LOOSE AND CORRODED CONNECTIONS

All cable clamps and terminal ends must be clean and tight to minimize circuit resistance.

  1. CHECK STARTER AMPERAGE DRAW

Excessive starter current draw will cause slow cranking and starter failure. This will also cause excessive arcing and burning in the series parallel switch and solenoid. This may be caused by a defective starter, improper starter application or engine problems.

  1. INSPECT THE FLYWHEEL RING GEAR

Excessive wear on the ring gear will result in premature drive wear and in some conditions poor drive engagement into the ring gear.

  1. USE PROPER MOUNTING HARDWARE

Use grade 5 cap screws and lock-washers to mount the starter to the engine housing.

  1. ROTATABLE DRIVE HOUSINGS

IF THE STARTER IS EQUIPPED WITH A 24 POSITION ROTATABLE DRIVE HOUSING. READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE CHANGING THE POSITION OF THIS HOUSING.

In order to match the solenoid position of the original starter it may be necessary to rotate the drive housing of the starter. To change the position of the drive end housing remove the six socket screws from the housing mounting flange and rotate the housing to the correct position. Make sure that the gasket that seals the drive housing to the starter is still in proper position. When the housing is properly positioned reattach the six socket screws and tighten to 13-17 ft. lbs. torque. Place the rubber plugs provided in the blank bolt holes to properly seal the housing flange when the unit is mounted to the engine.

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