How to Change a 2002 Saturn SC2 Starter

by Robert Moore

    The Saturn S-series came in two different forms: The SL sedan and the SC coupe. There were two different SC trim levels -- SC1 and SC2. The SC1 got a single-overhead-cam, 1.9-liter four-cylinder engine and the SC2 got a higher-output, dual-overhead-cam, 1.9-liter four-cylinder. The starter on either variant is bolted to the backside of the engine block, right next to the transmission. You don't need any special tools, but you do need to get a memory saver unit. This unit will save all of the data stored in the powertrain control module and the body control module.

    Items you will need

    • Memory saver
    • Socket set
    • Ratchet
    • Floor jack
    • Jack stands
    • Penetrating oil
    • Torque wrench


    Step 1

    Connect a memory saver unit to the car according to its manufacturer's instructions. Open the hood and disconnect the negative battery cable, using a socket and ratchet. Lift the front end into the air with a floor jack and position jack stands under the pinch welds in the subframe rails.

    Step 2

    Spray the nuts that secure the battery cable and the solenoid wire to the starter assembly with penetrating oil. Wait two or three minutes, then remove the nuts. Pull the battery cable and the solenoid wire off of the starter assembly.

    Step 3

    Remove the starter-to-engine bolts. Pull the starter toward the driver side of the car, then lower the starter away from the engine.


    Step 1

    Lift a new starter toward the engine block, and guide the nose cone into the transmission. Rotate the starter, as needed, to align the lower hole with the bolt hole in the engine block. Loosely install the lower starter-to-engine bolt.

    Step 2

    Rotate the starter, as needed, to align the bolt hole in the starter with the bolt hole in the engine block. Install the upper starter-to-engine bolt. Tighten the starter-to-engine bolts to 27 foot-pounds with a torque wrench.

    Step 3

    Install the battery cable and solenoid wire to the new starter and install the retaining nuts. Tighten the battery cable nut to 89 inch-pounds. Tighten the solenoid wire nut to 44 inch-pounds. Lower the vehicle to the ground. Install the negative battery cable and tighten the terminal bolt. Disconnect the memory saver unit.