Taking your 1999 to 2005 Chrysler with a 2.0L engine to a mechanic or the dealership to have
someone else replace the starter motor can be very expensive. While the
mechanic may be more convenient, you would save a bundle and learn a
new experience by performing the task yourself.
- Park your Chrysler on a level surface, activate the emergency brake and place blocks
behind the back tires for safety. Disconnect the negative battery cable
with a terminal puller. Raise the front end of the car with a jack for
easier access to the starter.
the air cleaner resonator. Move the transmission control module (TCM)
to the side and out of the way, without disconnect its electrical
the upper starter-to-transaxle mounting bolt. Place all nuts and bolts
in a safe place to prevent loss, such as a baby food jar.
Disconnect the positive battery cable. Unlock the red tab on the solenoid connector and compress to disconnect it.
Unscrew and remove the lower starter-to-transaxle mounting bolt. Separate the starter from the vehicle's engine.
your malfunctioning starter to the parts store with you. Aftermarket
distributors remanufacture most of the starters they sell, so you can
likely obtain a partial credit toward your new starter by exchanging
your old one. Be sure that you take care not to damage the starter in
transit, because the better condition it is in, the more you can get
a replacement starter that has the same or higher cranking capacity
(power rating) as the original starter. Also, match the bolt patterns,
drive gears and electrical connections. Your owner's manual may list
specifications or the auto parts technician will help you determine
them. Download a free owner's manual (see Resources).
Install the new starter by reversing the removal process. Torque the starter mounting bolts to 40 foot pounds (54 Nm).
your Chrysler back to the ground. Reconnect the negative
battery cable. Turn the key in the ignition to see if your new starter
motor functions correctly.
Tips & Warnings
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inspect the battery, solenoid and alternator to be certain they are
working properly before replacing a starter. When an engine fails to
start, many do-it-yourselfers misdiagnose the problem as the starter
and replace it unnecessarily, only to find that the vehicle still won't
- If you believe your starter is in the problem, use a
bench test to see if the starter motor spins and how well the starter
is performing. A bench test will check the amp load, voltage and RPMs.
If the starter is good, it will draw 60 to 150 amps with no load and up
to 250 amps under load.
- If your Town & Country is an older model and/or has high mileage, you should also replace the solenoid.
disconnection of the negative battery cable may interfere with the on
board computer function. Upon reconnection, the computer may need to go
through a relearning process.
- Never operate the starter for
more than 30 seconds at a time. Allow the starter motor to cool for at
least two minutes in between starting attempts to prevent permanent
- The starter replacement process is different for later models. Consult your owner's manual or a mechanic for details.
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