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Old 01-26-2011, 10:01 PM   #1
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1998 s10 starter

I just bought a new (new to me) 1998 s10 2.2l regular cab 5 spd. I like the truck however i have a problem when i just start the truck it gives like a spuddering click like its struggling to start. I assume its the starter i want to just replace it because its a $80 fix and its gonna need to be changed soon anyway but theres a problem theres two types of starters for my 98 2.2l a direct drive and a gear reduction starter. which one does my s10 take? i can supply a vin# if that helps thanks! it sounds just like this video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k00r_7hlkRE

EDIT heres a pic of it just for the hell of it.
Old 01-26-2011, 10:24 PM   #2
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Re: 1998 s10 starter

I would just take the starter off & take it to the parts store.....there is core charge for it anyway, but thats just my two cents
Old 01-26-2011, 10:52 PM   #3
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yea i guess ill do that but im not sure if they put the right starter on to begin with. thats what the advanced auto parts guy said. but also where the hell is it located on the 2.2l you cant see it from the top but before i lay in the snow i want a idea on where it is ;]
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Re: 1998 s10 starter

it's on the drivers side of the engine.
Old 01-27-2011, 02:03 AM   #5
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Re: 1998 s10 starter

take off the drivers side tire and pop open the flap in the wheel well it will be right behind the down pipe. and def go with bringing the starter into the parts store because I did and found out that my truck was made end of the 98 production year so it had the ZN4 option which is the 98 with all the 99 electronics put in her. easy way to check that is pop the hood open and there should be a sticker on the core support that talks about ZN4 option. unless of course the sticker fell off
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thanks guys!
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Re: 1998 s10 starter

My 2001 engine had a small starter. My 95 had a big starter. I put a big starter on my 2001...worked the same. It's a lot easier to work with the small one for obvious reasons. I wonder if someone knows why the starters were smaller on the 2001's. I looked up on the advance auto website..they only list a big replacement starter
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Yea Idk my year has two starters a direct drive and gear reduction.
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Re: 1998 s10 starter

ok first check all connections for corosion, if alls good in the connection replace the main power stud in the solenoid it takes five mins and basic tools beings you'll have it out any way, and in most cases you can turn it 1/2 turn the solenoid just wears on the studs back side and wears the stud out. most part store carry the stud on hand if not the local gm dealer will have it its less than 5.00 compared to 80.00 save yourself 75-80.00
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