Question about 2000 Dodge Neon
How difficult to replace the starter in a 2000 neon in my driveway? any tricks or traps I need to know about?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Depending on your mechanical ability, it can be considered fairly easy. If you're working in your driveway,PLEASE be sure to block the wheels so you don't get crushed under the car.
Gather the necessary tools needed such as wrenches, sockets, screwdriver and pliers.
Place the vehicle on ramps or jack up the front and support with jack stands. It is very important to block the rear wheels to keep the car stationary during this procedure. Never work under a vehicle not supported properly
Make sure ignition is OFF and the remove the negative (ground) battery cable from the battery.
Note the location of all wires before removal to make for easier connection.
Remove the large starter cable going to the battery at the starter location.
Remove any other wires attached to the solenoid.
Remove the starter attaching bolts (usually there are two or three).
Remove any supporting brackets that holds the starter.
Drop the starter down away from the car. On some cars you may have to turn the wheels to one side, remove the idler arm, remove or loosen transmission oil cooler lines, exhaust pipes, or ground straps to give you enough clearance to get the starter motor away from the car.
Install the new starter in the reverse order of removal.
Reconnect battery cables and other wires to solenoid.
Place old starter in the new starter box for proper core return.
Posted on Sep 20, 2009
SOURCE: neon pcm
I would check your electrical connections. Check the battery posts...also check all the wire connections that lead off the negative side...(follow them and make sure that any that are connected to the frame of the car are clean and shiny . If they are not...then expect a dirty connection ...take them apart, wire brush all contact points and then re-assemble.)Most problems that are electrical are just bad connections.(mostly on the negative or ground side)
Keep me posted on your findings and ill help some more
Posted on Jun 07, 2009
Just had the same problem. Think mine is either start relay or neutral safety switch. Just took small wire going to clip on starter (brownish) and bared area of wire 6 inches from clip (do not cut) and wrapped bare end of new wire around it, taped with electrical tape, ran that wire to a push button ( I used a horn relay button from Canuck Tire) and wire from other side of button to battery. Turn ignition on,,, push button and instant start. Make sure car is in park. Will replace defective part later but it'll get you to work or wherever and it'll prove it is not the starter motor. Cost of temporary repair.... $6.00 :D
Posted on Oct 01, 2012
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