How To Change A Starter In MK2 VW Manual Transmission
The starter is mounted between the engine and radiator, bolted to the transmission. To start with, you will need to disconnect the battery cable at the positive terminal of the battery, and lay it out of the way. Jack up the front of the car and support with jack stands. You will need another jack and a piece of wood to sit under the oil pan to support the motor, due to the fact that when removing the starter, the bolts through the starter go thru the front motor mount. Disconnect the 2 large wires from the starter solenoid, usually held on with a 13mm nut, and unplug the smaller wire. Remove the upper and lower bolts going thru the starter, into the motor mount, usually a 17mm bolt heads, or an allen head bolts. Pull the starter away from the transmission and remove the starter. You should also replace the small bronze round starter bushing that is mounted in the transmission, where the end of the starter goes in. This bushing often wears out and won't keep the armature shaft from moving when starting the car. When you reinstall the new starter, you may have to jack up or lower down the motor to get the starter bolts started into the front mount. Tighten the 2 17mm starter bolts, and reinstall the 2 large wires on the large terminal on the starter, reconnect the small wire to the solenoid. Remove the jack and piece of wood from underneath the motor. Reconnect the positive battery cable and lower the car down, job done.
on Mar 12, 2010 | Volkswagen Jetta Cars & Trucks