2011 SSV starter replacement.

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195k on my SSV. Starter has been slow to crank for the last couple of months. Finally I go to start it and I get the "thunk" and total loss of power. Mind you there's two batteries in this thing. So I figure it's time for a starter due to mileage alone. I should have had it done when I replaced the motor at 160k. Oh well.
So basically no big deal. Passenger tire needs to come off, fender liner has to come off and the exhaust manifold heat shield needs to be loosened to wiggle the starter out. Start out by disconnecting your positive battery cable(s). Then remove the cables to the starter and pul the solenoid connector off. From underneath you wil have good access to the two bolts that hold it on. Once they are out you can reach through from the wheel well and pull the starter out. It should come out butt first. Easy enough job but the plastic fasteners on the wheel well liner are a pain.
I wound up replacing both of my batteries as the old starter brought them down over the last few months. They were diehard gold AGM's that I installed I. 2017. I replaced them with group 48 Exide's from Home Depot. Standard lead acid.
Starter: Denso $276 from Napa.
Batteries: $119 each.
Alternator was putting out 14.6v at idle. That will probably be next though.
 

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I didn’t have to pull the wheel or fender liner on thecopcar, but I didn’t have the front driveshaft in the way either. I did a preemptive change at 195k after a failed starter without warning in theothertwin.
 
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I didn’t have to pull the wheel or fender liner on thecopcar, but I didn’t have the front driveshaft in the way either. I did a preemptive change at 195k after a failed starter without warning in theothertwin.
Good point about the drivesshaft not being in the way on the PPV. I can see where that would be much easier. Lol. Impressive though that starters these days can go 200k before they crap out. I remember going through three or four of them on my 97 S-10 Blazer.
 
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I wound up replacing both of my batteries as the old starter brought them down over the last few months. They were diehard gold AGM's that I installed I. 2017. I replaced them with group 48 Exide's from Home Depot. Standard lead acid.
Starter: Denso $276 from Napa.
Batteries: $119 each.
Alternator was putting out 14.6v at idle. That will probably be next though.

For your 2011 application, AGM battery was NOT from factory as OEM equipment. The charging system did NOT meet AGM battery charge requirement. So, the AGM battery performance benefit and life-span were 100% granted.

Started 2021, Tahoe PPV has factory installed AGM battery.
 

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