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1999-2006 GM/Chevy: Starter Replacement

Time: 1-2 hrs

Difficulty: moderate

Cost: $50-150 (brand)


The starter assembly doesn't have any routine maintenane or checks associated with it. Failure is often the first warning. However, if you experience intermittent click/no crank/no start symptoms, you better take note. It's common for starters to fail in cold temperatures when mechanical load is high (the engine is cold and doesn't want to turn) and battery output is weak (electrochemical reaction is slowed by cold temps). 

You can sometimes climb under the vehicle and lightly tap on the starter to get it to work. The worn electrical contacts inside might free-up and give you one more start. If you're lucky enough for this to work, you better park where you want to work on it next!


Watch the video below demonstrating the removal and replacement of the starter assembly on a 2004 GMC Yukon. The method is the same for all 1999-2006 Chevy and GM 1500 products with 4.8L, 5.3L and 6.0L engines. This includes Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, Sierra, and Yukon Denali vehicles.

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