Opel Corsa B 1993–2000 Service and Repair Manual: Starter motor - removal and overhaul refitting


1. Disconnect the battery earth lead.

1.2 litre models

2. Disconnect the battery positive leads; separate the starter motor lead from the other.

Also disconnect the positive lead from the alternator.

3. Separate the gearshift linkage to improve access. Unbolt and remove the starter motor from above, disconnecting the solenoid command lead.

4. If a new starter motor is being fitted, transfer the electrical lead to it.

1.4, 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0 litre 8-valve models

5. Raise and support the front of the vehicle.

6. Note the electrical connections to the starter solenoid, then disconnect them.

7. Unbolt the starter motor and remove it from below (see illustration).

Starting and charging systems
Starter motor mounting bolts (arrowed) - engine removed for clarity

2.0 litre 16-valve models

8. Remove the starter motor-to-transmission bolts which are accessible from above.

9. Raise and support the front of the vehicle. Remove the inlet manifold bracing strap.

10. Disconnect the main feed and command leads from the starter motor.

11. Remove the remaining starter motor mounting bolts, not forgetting the bracket at the brushgear end of the motor. Remove the motor from below.


12. Refitting is the reverse of the removal procedure.

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If the starter motor is thought to be suspect, it should be removed from the vehicle and taken to an auto-electrician for testing. Most auto-electricians will be able to supply and fit brushes at a reasonable cost. However, check on the cost of repairs before proceeding as it may prove more economical to obtain a new or exchange motor.

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