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2003 jetta gl manual trans-positive battery and ground starter cables replaced...now have plenty of juice going to starter...but it grinds when i turn the ignition...now it doesn't start at all...again...plenty of juice flowing from battery through cables...what's wrong? Starter needs changing?

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I presume you mean 'grinds when I turn the ignition..(to start)'.
If this is so, it's most likely the starter motor 'drive (overun) clutch is faulty.

Either replace the starter motor complete or replace the drive clutch assy on the original.
The latter should be cheaper (especially if you can source a new 'drive clutch' and fit it yourself).

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Where is the location of my starter relay ********* fuse on a 2003 Chrysler Sebring sedan


WARNING: CHECK TO ENSURE THAT THE TRANSMISSION IS IN THE PARK/NEUTRAL POSITION WITH THE PARKING BRAKE APPLIED.

RELAY TEST
The starter relay is located in the Power Distribution Center (PDC) in the engine compartment. Refer to the PDC label for relay identification and location.

Remove the starter relay from the PDC as described to perform the following tests:
  1. A relay in the de-energized position should have continuity between terminals 87A and 30, and no continuity between terminals 87 and 30. If OK, go to Step 2. If not OK, replace the faulty relay.
  2. Resistance between terminals 85 and 86 (electromagnet) should be 75 ±5 ohms . If OK, go to Step 3. If not OK, replace the faulty relay.
  3. Connect a battery B+ lead to terminals 86 and a ground lead to terminal 85 to energize the relay. The relay should click. Also test for continuity between terminals 30 and 87, and no continuity between terminals 87A and 30. If OK, refer to Relay Circuit Test procedure. If not OK, replace the faulty relay.
RELAY CIRCUIT TEST
  1. The relay common feed terminal cavity (30) is connected to battery voltage and should be hot at all times. If OK, go to Step 2. If not OK, repair the open circuit to the PDC fuse as required.
  2. The relay normally closed terminal (87A) is connected to terminal 30 in the de-energized position, but is not used for this application. Go to Step 3.
  3. The relay normally open terminal (87) is connected to the common feed terminal (30) in the energized position. This terminal supplies battery voltage to the starter solenoid field coils. There should be continuity between the cavity for relay terminal 87 and the starter solenoid terminal at all times. If OK, go to Step 4. If not OK, repair the open circuit to the starter solenoid as required.
  4. The coil battery terminal (86) is connected to the electromagnet in the relay. It is energized when the ignition switch is held in the Start position and the clutch pedal is depressed (manual trans). Check for battery voltage at the cavity for relay terminal 86 with the ignition switch in the Start position and the clutch pedal is depressed (manual trans), and no voltage when the ignition switch is released to the ON position. If OK, go to Step 5. If not OK, check for an open or short circuit to the ignition switch and repair, if required. If the circuit to the ignition switch is OK, see the Ignition Switch Test procedure.
  5. The coil ground terminal (85) is connected to the electromagnet in the relay. It is grounded through the transmission range sensor only when the gearshift selector lever is in the Park or Neutral positions. Check for continuity to ground at the cavity for relay terminal 85. If not OK with an automatic transmission, check for an open or short circuit to the transmission range sensor and repair. It is grounded by the PCM if the conditions are right to start the car. For automatic trans. cars the PCM must see Park Neutral switch and near zero engine rpm. For manual trans. cars the PCM only needs to see near zero engine rpm. To diagnose the Park Neutral switch of the trans range sensor refer to the transaxle section for more information. Check for continuity to ground while the ignition switch is in the start position. If not OK and the vehicle has an automatic trans. verify Park Neutral switch operation. If that checks OK check for continuity between PCM and the terminal 85. Repair open circuit as required. If OK, the PCM may be defective

location-starter-relay-big-black-fuse-gbf3labirtd4je1xpy3iayqy-4-0.jpg This should get you going on the diagnosis.

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At start loud grinding for 15 seconds


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How do i install a new starter in a 96 jetta GL


Instructions Things You'll Need:
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    Remove the Malfunctioning Starter
  1. Park your VW Jetta 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.

  2. Remove the intake and exhaust manifolds for easier access to the starter on Jettas with a 010 automatic transaxle, such as the A1 and A2 platform models.

  3. Place a floor jack under the engine, with a block of wood on the chock, for extra support on models such as the A3 platform. Only use this jack for added support, not to raise the vehicle.

  4. Label the starter electrical connections with masking tape and permanent marker to help you remember where the wires connect to the starter later. Disconnect the starter electrical connections, including the positive battery cable.

  5. Detach the bracket that helps to secure the starter to the engine, if necessary.

  6. Check the bushing on a vehicle with a manual transaxle (located where the starter shaft fits into the bell housing). If the bushing shows wear or the starter was jamming, you need to also replace the bushing.

  7. Support the weight of the starter and remove the starter mounting bolts. Place all nuts and bolts in a safe location to prevent loss, such as a baby food jar. Pull the starter straight away from the transaxle and remove it from the vehicle.

  8. Take 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 for it.

  9. Purchase 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. Purchase an owner's manual on Volkswagen of America (see Resources).

  10. Install the New Starter
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  12. Tighten the mounting bolts differently on Volkswagen Jettas with a 010 transaxle. Torque the mounting flange bolt to 15 foot pounds (20 Nm) and the mounting bracket bolt to 18 foot pounds (25 Nm).

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