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Ground Hugger
11-05-2013, 02:37 PM
Where is the starter on a 03 Grand Am 3.4L engine? I am having starter problem. Starter would click but not engage. Did it repeatedly got a slow turn, then did it again got a longer slow turn, forth time car started. Shut off and and started car a number of times seems OK. To me sounds like flat spot in starter. What do you guy think. Is starter easy to get at and remove? I'm old that's why I'm asking.;crap

Starglow
11-05-2013, 02:47 PM
The starter is located to the right of the oil dipstick and behind the right side cooling fan near the battery tray. It can easily be removed in 30-minutes or less. I would have the battery tested first before suspecting a bad starter.

Here's a picture looking at the rear of the starter while laying up under the front of the car. The oil filter is seen to the left.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a138/Starglow/DSCF0001_zps10e911d6.jpg (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/Starglow/media/DSCF0001_zps10e911d6.jpg.html)

sleepyalero
11-05-2013, 02:48 PM
There is a stupid question thread for things like this... ;)

The starter is next to the right of the oil filter.

Well depending how look at it... if you were under the car.. legs were pointing to the rear of car and head was pointing to front of car. It would be to the right.



Damn you star glow stealin my thunder ninja postin me

AaronGTR
11-05-2013, 02:56 PM
Yeah, you definitely want to get under the car to get it. Much easier. Remove the splash shield down there and you can get to it easy. Unbolt a couple wires, one small splash shield, and take out two bolts and it will drop right out.

Starglow
11-05-2013, 03:03 PM
Damn you star glow stealin my thunder ninja postin me lol

Ground Hugger
11-05-2013, 04:17 PM
OK thanks guys! I have another question. How hard is it to get at the transmission lines where they go into the engine? I have new ones I need to install and if its an easy get to I'll do them at the same time.

Starglow
11-05-2013, 04:35 PM
OK thanks guys! I have another question. How hard is it to get at the transmission lines where they go into the engine? I have new ones I need to install and if its an easy get to I'll do them at the same time.

The transmission lines are seen here right below the trans electrical connector...there is one center nut holding the line bracket to the transmission. Note: The front transmission mount is removed in this picture, but doing so is not necessary to replace the lines.

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a138/Starglow/3400%20Engine%20Removal/DSCF0138-1.jpg (http://s10.photobucket.com/user/Starglow/media/3400%20Engine%20Removal/DSCF0138-1.jpg.html)

stewartfn18
11-05-2013, 05:12 PM
make sure you disconnect the flux capacitor and headlight washer fluid pump or you will break both and send this dimension into a time warp

[ChaosweaveR]
11-05-2013, 05:47 PM
make sure you disconnect the flux capacitor and headlight washer fluid pump or you will break both and send this dimension into a time warp

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d102/Xaus59/random/null_zps05d6803d.jpg

Ground Hugger
11-05-2013, 08:08 PM
Dah! OK on the flux capacitor and the headlight washer fluid! And I only thought I had to worry about them on my motorcycles!!!! Thanks for all the help. Great bunch here!

Shade2012
11-05-2013, 09:49 PM
Dah! OK on the flux capacitor and the headlight washer fluid! And I only thought I had to worry about them on my motorcycles!!!! Thanks for all the help. Great bunch here!

Haven't heard that one in a long time. lol

AaronGTR
11-06-2013, 08:08 AM
OK thanks guys! I have another question. How hard is it to get at the transmission lines where they go into the engine? I have new ones I need to install and if its an easy get to I'll do them at the same time.


Well, that's totally impossible.... since the transmission lines don't go into the engine. ;)


If you mean the transmission cooling lines that go between the radiator and the transmission, those aren't that hard. They are also easier to get from under the car though too. There is just one nut that holds them onto the trans case. The other ends have some tube nuts that screw into the radiator. You'll get some fluid out both ends when you take them off, so you'll need to top off the fluid after you're done.