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I need help changing my starter i need to know how to drop the engine so i can get to the starter

I need to know how to change my starter in a plymouth dodge neon i just need to know how to get the engine down so i can get to it i need help pls...

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Here are instructions as well as links to some helpful diagrams.

This starter motor removal procedure is time consuming. An alternate method of removing the starter would be to remove the engine fan(s) and radiator, then remove the starter motor from the top of the engine. If you chose to go this route, radiator and fan removal can be found in Section 3 of this manual.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  3. If equipped with A/C, perform the following:
    1. Use a floor or jack stand to securely support the engine and transaxle assembly so they will not rotate.
    2. Remove the front engine mount bolt from the insulator and front crossmember mounting bracket.
    3. Carefully lower the front of the engine, rotating the engine forward allowing more space for easier access to the starter. For easier removal, do not remove the wiring from the starter at this time.
    4. Remove the 2 starter motor-to-transmission housing mounting bolts.
    5. Remove the starter and solenoid assembly from the transmission housing. Position the starter accordingly for access to the wiring.
    6. Remove the positive battery cable nut and remove the positive battery and alternator output wire from the starter. The wiring is shown in the accompanying figure.
    7. Detach the push-on solenoid connector. Pull back on the slide and push down on the rear tab to release the lock.
    8. Position the starter vertically so the pinion end faces downward, then remove the starter motor through the bottom of the vehicle. It may be necessary to move the A/C lines aside slightly to maneuver the starter out of the vehicle.

I hope you found this information useful. Best of luck on your repair.

Posted on May 29, 2009

  • miggymig Dec 30, 2010

    You may not need to drop the engine. Try removing the battery cables from the battery. Take the battery out of the black plastic battery case. Then remove the plastic battery case by taking out the bolt on the lower right side of the battery case (while your facing the front of the car). There may be one more bolt at the bottom of the case; the other two bolts underneath should not need to come out as the case slides into them. The case should slide out leaving plenty of room to get at the top bolt of the starter. Unclip the fans electrical connectors and remove the top four bolts that hold them (10 mm). Lift the fans out and you now have access to the bottom starter bolt. Both starter bolts use 15mm sockets. Try using a stubby 3/8 ratchet for the bottom starter bolt and a 1/2 inch ratchet with an extendable adaptor for the top one.

    Thanks Greg Margo, for the great image of the ground cable. I just did mine and forgot where the ground cable went to; I could not figure where it attached till I saw image 31 and remembered it came off with the bottom bolt! I looked everywhere online but could not find an appropriate wiring diagram. Thanks!



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