Aztek, Rendezvous 2001-2005

Starter

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Removal & Installation



3.4L Engine
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
     
    Radiator air baffle assembly

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    Fig. Starter motor mounting-3.4L engine

     
    Electrical connections
     
    Torque converter cover
     
    Starter
     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Starter. Torque the bolts to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm).
     
    Torque converter cover
     
    Solenoid -BAT- terminal. Torque the nut to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
     
    Solenoid -S- terminal. Torque the nut to 27 inch lbs. (3 Nm).
     
    Radiator air baffle assembly
     
    Negative battery cable
     

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  3. Perform a charging system test and verify the starter is operating properly.
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3.6L Engine
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the battery ground (negative) cable from the battery.
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  5. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  7. Remove the radiator air baffle.
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  9. Remove the starter motor BAT terminal nut and electrical leads.
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  11. Remove the starter motor bolts.
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  13. Remove the starter motor.

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    Fig. Starter motor mounting-3.6L engine

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To install:

  1. Install the starter motor.
    NOTE
    Use the correct fastener in the correct location.

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  3. Install the starter motor bolts. Tighten the starter motor bolts to 37 ft. lbs (50 Nm).
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  5. Install the starter motor S terminal electrical connector.
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  7. Install the battery positive cable and the BAT terminal nut to the starter motor BAT terminal. Tighten the starter motor BAT terminal nut to 115 inch lbs. (13 Nm).
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  9. Install radiator air baffle assembly.
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  11. Lower the vehicle.
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  13. Install the battery ground (negative) cable to the battery.
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Solenoid or Relay



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. Remove the starter motor from the vehicle and place on a clean work surface.
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  7. Disconnect the solenoid-to-starter lead wire.
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  9. Remove the solenoid mounting bolts and slide out the solenoid. Pull out the solenoid torsion spring, if so equipped. On some models, it may be necessary to remove the starter assembly through bolts from the yoke to remove the solenoid.
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  11. If equipped with shims between the solenoid and starter, remove and place aside.

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    Fig. Remove the nut attaching the solenoid cable



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    Fig. Starter solenoid components

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To install:

  1. Install the solenoid with any adjustment shims.
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  3. Torque the bolts to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
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  5. Connect the starter-to-solenoid electrical lead.
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  7. Install the starter through-bolts if removed.
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  9. Install the starter motor.
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  11. Check for proper operation.
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Testing & Troubleshooting



Voltage Drop Test

NOTE
The battery must be in good condition and fully charged prior to performing this test.

  1. Disable the ignition system by unplugging the coil pack. Verify that the vehicle will not start.
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  3. Connect a voltmeter between the positive terminal of the battery and the starter B+ circuit.
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  5. Turn the ignition key to the START position and note the voltage on the meter.
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  7. If voltage reads 0.5 volts or more, there is high resistance in the starter cables or the cable ground, repair as necessary. If the voltage reading is ok proceed to the next step.
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  9. Connect a voltmeter between the positive terminal of the battery and the starter M circuit.
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  11. Turn the ignition key to the START position and note the voltage on the meter.
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  13. If voltage reads 0.5 volts or more, there is high resistance in the starter. Repair or replace the starter as necessary.
    NOTE
    Many automotive parts stores have starter bench testers available for use by customers. A starter bench test is the most definitive way to determine the condition of your starter.

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