300M, Concorde, Intrepid, LHS, 1998-2004

Starter

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Inspection




NOTE
Before removing any unit from the starting system for repair or diagnosis, perform the following inspections:



Battery - Visually inspect the battery for indications of physical damage and loose or corroded cable connections.
 
Determine the state-of-charge and cranking capacity of the battery.
 
Charge or replace the battery, if required.
 
Ignition Switch - Visually inspect the ignition switch for indications of physical damage and loose or corroded wire harness connections.
 
Transmission Range Sensor or Park/Neutral Switch - Visually inspect the transmission range sensor for indications of physical damage and loose or corroded wire harness connections.
 
Starter Relay - Visually inspect the starter relay for indications of physical damage and loose or corroded wire harness connections.
 
Starter Motor - Visually inspect the starter motor for indications of physical damage and loose or corroded wire harness connections.
 
Starter Solenoid - Visually inspect the starter solenoid for indications of physical damage and loose or corroded wire harness connections.
 
Wiring - Visually inspect the wire harness for damage. Repair or replace any faulty wiring, as required.
 
Check for loose or corroded wire harness connections at main engine ground and remote jump post.
 
Power Distribution Center (PDC) - Visually inspect the B+ connections at the PDC for physical damage and loose or corroded harness connections.
 

Removal & Installation



2.7L Engine
  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable from the remote ground post
     
    Battery feed and posi-lock connectors
     
    Nuts from the catalyst support bracket and mount
     
    Starter heat shield
     
    3 starter-to-engine/transaxle bolts
     
    Starter by rotating it toward the engine and sliding it rearward between the catalyst and the engine mount
     

  2.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Starter by sliding it forward between the catalyst and the engine mount and rotating it away from the engine
     
    Starter and torque the 3 starter-to-engine/transaxle bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm)
     
    Starter heat shield
     
    Nuts to the catalyst support bracket and mount
     
    Positive battery cable and torque the nut to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm)
     
    Posi-lock connectors
     
    Negative battery cable to the remote ground post
     

  2.  

3.2L & 3.5L Engines
  1. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable from the remote ground post
     
    Starter-to-engine/transaxle nut and bolts
     
    Positive battery feed wire from the starter
     
    Starter and position it to gain access to the posi-lock connector
     

  2.  
  3. Place a support under the engine and slightly relieve the pressure from the left engine mount.
  4.  
  5. Remove the 3 left engine mount-to-engine bolts.
  6.  
  7. Slightly, raise the engine to provide more room.
  8.  
  9. Remove the starter by sliding it rearward between the catalyst and the engine mount.
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  11. Remove the posi-lock connector.

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    Fig. Removal and installation of the starter motor

  12.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Posi-lock connector
     
    Starter by sliding it forward between the catalyst and the engine mount
     

  2.  
  3. Slightly, lower the engine.

    3 left engine mount-to-engine bolts
     
    Positive battery feed wire to the starter and torque the nut to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm)
     
    Starter and torque the starter-to-engine/transaxle bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm)
     
    Negative battery cable to the remote ground post
     

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Testing & Troubleshooting




CAUTION
On vehicles equipped with air bags, refer to the passive restraint systems before attempting steering wheel, steering column, or instrument panel component diagnosis or service. Failure to take the proper precautions could result in accidental air bag deployment and possible personal injury.

 
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