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Pelican Technical Article:

Starter Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$80

Talent:

***

Tools:

10mm, 13mm standard and deep sockets, flathead screwdriver, anti-seize compound, penetrant spray, torque wrench

Applicable Models:

Volvo C30 T5 (2008-13)
Volvo C30 T5 R-Design (2008-13)

Parts Required:

Starter

Hot Tip:

Put a little anti-seize compound on the starter locating dowel

Performance Gain:

Dependable starting

Complementary Modification:

Check knock sensors

The starter motor will wear out over time. It's just a fact of life. Typically, a failing starter will take longer and longer to crank, despite having a full battery. It can also develop a grinding noise, indicating that the bearings in the starter are failing. A failing starter can also trigger a diagnostic trouble code. If possible, use the factory VADIS computer or an aftermarket scanner to check that there is not a problem with the electronic immobilizer system.

The most important thing to do before anything else is to remove the negative lead from the battery. This disconnects the entire electrical system on the vehicle and prevents you from damaging both the vehicle AND yourself.

The starter is located under the air filter housing. This must be removed to access the starter. Please refer to our article on Air Filter Housing Removal for more information.

Replacing the starter itself from the engine is relatively straightforward. Remove the electrical connections and then remove the two bolts holding the starter to the engine block.

Lower the starter into position and press it back up against the mounting flange. The locating dowel on the starter should fit into the hole in the transmission bellhousing. You should feel it slightly pop into place. Now thread the bolts through the starter and into the flange. Once both bolts are in, torque them to 50Nm (36 ft/lbs.).

Replacing the starter motor (green arrow) on the Volvo C30 requires you to first remove the air filter housing for access.
Figure 1

Replacing the starter motor (green arrow) on the Volvo C30 requires you to first remove the air filter housing for access. Please see our article on Air Intake Housing Removal for more information. Before you start this project, disconnect the negative lead from the battery. This is very important as one of the electrical connections to the starter is always live. You risk damage to both the car and yourself if you don't disconnect the battery.

The first step in removing the starter is to locate the bracket (green arrow) for the air filter housing.
Figure 2

The first step in removing the starter is to locate the bracket (green arrow) for the air filter housing. This bracket is secured to the ends of the bolts that secure the starter to the transmission bellhousing. You'll need to carefully lift the radiator hose (yellow arrow) upward to access the 13mm nuts holding the bracket in place.

You can just barely see the two 13mm nuts (green arrows) in this photo after lifting up the radiator hose.
Figure 3

You can just barely see the two 13mm nuts (green arrows) in this photo after lifting up the radiator hose. Once the nuts are removed, carefully position the bracket out of the way.

Now move to the electrical connections on the solenoid.
Figure 4

Now move to the electrical connections on the solenoid. You'll need to loosen and remove the 10mm nut (green arrow) for the solenoid trigger and also the 13mm nut (yellow arrow) holding the battery connection to the solenoid. Again, make sure you have disconnected the battery before removing these nuts.

Now slide off the end of the wiring harness (green arrow) going to the solenoid.
Figure 5

Now slide off the end of the wiring harness (green arrow) going to the solenoid.

Now loosen and remove the two 13mm bolts (green arrows) holding the starter to the transmission bellhousing.
Figure 6

Now loosen and remove the two 13mm bolts (green arrows) holding the starter to the transmission bellhousing. You may find that the starter is stuck in place. There is a locating dowel (yellow arrow) that can get stuck in place. If yours is stuck, try spraying a bit of penetrant oil in the area to free things up. When installing the new starter, place a dab of anti-seize compound on the dowel to prevent it from sticking in the future.

Shown here is the engine block with the starter removed.
Figure 7

Shown here is the engine block with the starter removed. It is a good idea to place a tiny dab of anti-seize compound in the hole (green arrow) for the locating dowel.

And here is the starter for the C30 removed from the car.
Figure 8

And here is the starter for the C30 removed from the car. Typically, you'll exchange the old starter for a new one to serve as the basis for a rebuild able core. Installation of the new starter is the reverse of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Waawaa Comments: I have a 2007 1.8 petrol C30 and my engine looks nothing like the one pictured. Could you tell me where my starter motor is and how to change it.
April 17, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We don't have that vehicle in the US, I don't have any info for it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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