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How to install new starter solenoid for 1988 Jeep Cherokee 4.0 Liter?

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  • zeuscorbin Mar 03, 2009

    Straight forward and simple...thank you for your time, response, and directions. Greg.

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Remove starter, remove small screw at copper tab that extends from inside starter housing onto front of solenoid. Remove two screws on solenoid ears that hold solenoid to starter nose. Turn solenoid to disengage the tab that fits between nose & housing. soleinoid should be off starter now. Reverse to install.

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  • Richard Scordino Mar 03, 2009

    No problemo...hope that fixed the jeep!!!

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