Question about 2000 Dodge Intrepid
It appears I need to replace the starter on my 2000 Dodge Intrepid.
When I try to start it, I only hear a click. Is this a starter problem or something else?
If I need to replace the starter, does it come out from under the hood or do I need to be under the vechicle? If under the vechicle, will there be anything in the way that I will need to take off in order to get the starter out? Thanks.
Before changing a starter, you need to do some testing. First, check that your battery is holding 12v or better. Next, check that there is 12v at the main connection on the starter. Then chjeck that with the key turned to "start" there is 12v at the small terminal on the starter.If not, check the relay that operates the starter.(it may be bad). If readings are good, and block ground and positive cable is connected and clean, replace starter.
To remove starter, disconnect positive cable from battery, unbolt starter, remove harness. Sometimes removal involves twisting unit and manuvering around stuff that's in the way. If you find that does not work, then remove whatever is keeping it from coming out. Yes: it comes out from underneath. (unless you see an obvious clear path to remove from above there is no set rule, just do what's easier) Replacement is the opposite of removal...no tricks. If your radio has an anti theft code, know it before you start or after you are finished it won't work. You will loose settings though.
Posted on Mar 12, 2009
The click is caused by the heavy metal contacts inside the starter motor solenoid being burnt away, this is a common problem on all Denso design/style starters, you can just replace the solenoid or just the solenoid contact for about $15 US. The new contacts are available on line at many sites as well as eBay Motors. Of course you will still need to remove the starter on most cars.
Posted on Dec 29, 2011
Buy a Haynes manual and leave the guesswork out. You will probably have to remove the motor mount bolts on the left side and raise the engine.Otherwise remove 3 bolts on starter, cable on the solenoid, and pull the small wire from the solenoid. And don't forget to remove the Negative battery cable before you start!!!!
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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