Replacing a starter motor in your 1997 Nissan Maxima can be accomplished in about an hour with a few steps and some basic hand tools. Doing the work yourself can save you from paying a large repair bill from a dealership or garage. The location of the starter makes it very accessible and replacement starters are readily available through any automotive-parts retailer.
Tools Used: Tools, Wrench set, Socket set, Ratchet, Tape, Marker
Change the Starter
Locate the negative battery terminal and remove the mounting bolt from the battery cable end with a wrench, then remove the cable end from the battery. Isolate the cable from the battery while you are working.
Locate the starter on the front side of the engine. The starter sits on the driver’s side of the engine compartment and attaches to the bell housing on the transaxle. Find the two wires connected to the back of the starter solenoid and mark them with some tape and a marker so you will not mix them up later.