Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Can't get to bat terminal bolt on starter

asked by on

I need to replace the starter but can barely get to it. I tried removing the part of the exhaust sitting on top but there's a sensor connected to that and I can't get IT off without breaking the thing. Diesel mechanic here so not used to work in tiny spaces for everything. Any suggestions?

My car has 127000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hey there. Thanks for writing in. My knuckles feel your pain, as I had this same problem a few weeks ago with an Acadia. In order to get to the starter bolts I had to remove the left side catalytic converter first. This required me to pick up an O2 Sensor socket so I could take that sensor off first. That socket is basically a 7/8th’s with an insert that supports the O2 sensor. WD40 really came in handy as well in helping to loosen it up at first.

Once the O2 sensor is out of the way, removing the catalytic converter should be rather simple, then you can get to the starter bolts pretty easy. If you’re not finding any luck with this method, or would like a professional to get this done for you, a certified mechanic from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to replace your car’s starter.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Mechanics replaced water pump but did not replace the thermostat. Engine overheated and blew the head gasket? 2010 Jeep Compass

Hello - this is a judgement call. It is common practice, but not a "standard", to replace the thermostat when replacing the water pump. This is mainly due to access to both easily when replacing either one, and the relatively...

Q: Flat towing / locate accessery position of key

In order to tow this vehicle behind an RV you will want to have the vehicle in neutral with the key in the off poition. When the vehicle's transmission is in neutral, the steering wheel is unlocked. This will enable...

Q: 2009 gmc acadia..car starts but when you put it in drive it cuts off

Hello, thank you for writing in. To begin, there are several recalls and issues known to happen with the Acadia within your year range. If you have not already looked up your VIN to see if your vehicle was part...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...