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Old 03-13-2010, 11:29 PM   #1
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While doing an engine swap on my 2002 SSEi I damaged the starter solenoid while removing it.....rendering it useless.

Having checked every auto parts store known to man I discovered that NO ONE has it.

This includes GM.

EVERYONE would love to sell you a complete new starter!! Prices range from $140 at the low end to over $200.

HOWEVER I located a rebuilder. The cost INSTALLED (while i waited) was $40.

These guys are great and I recommend them. I am certain they will ship one to you as well.

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The bolts holding the starter in place are an E6 Torx and you need a deep well. This is not an easy socket to find.

Hope this helps,
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From what I've read, the starter solenoid was only a user-replacable part until 1997, and only if the solenoid was not attached with Torx screws. Glad you got a good deal on it, though.
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Hey I live in DeKalb, and I was in St Charles Today. . . . . Kewl!
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I've helped change a soleniod on a 97 in the past. Thought they were available. Odd.
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From what I read on the forum, 1997 was the last model year that had solenoids that could be changed without a full rebuild. Sort of like how GM doesn't want you replacing bits of the alternator.
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