Dakota 2006-2007

Starter

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Removal & Installation



4.7L Engine
With Automatic Transmission
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
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  3. Disconnect and isolate negative battery cable.
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  5. Raise and support vehicle.
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  7. Remove bolt and washer (rearward facing) securing starter motor to the transmission housing.
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  9. While supporting starter motor, remove bolt and washer (rearward facing) securing starter motor to the transmission housing.
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  11. Lower starter motor from front of transmission housing far enough to access and remove nut securing battery positive cable eyelet terminal to the starter solenoid B (+) terminal stud. Always support starter motor during this process. Do not let starter motor hang from wire harness.
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  13. Remove battery cable eyelet terminal from solenoid B (+) terminal stud.
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  15. Disconnect battery cable solenoid terminal wire harness connector from receptacle on starter solenoid.
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  17. Remove starter motor from transmission housing.
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To install:

  1. Position starter motor to transmission housing.
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  3. Connect battery cable solenoid terminal wire harness connector to connector receptacle on starter solenoid. Always support the starter motor during this process. Do not let the starter motor hang from the wire harness.
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  5. Install battery cable eyelet terminal onto solenoid B (+) terminal stud.
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  7. Install and tighten nut securing battery cable eyelet terminal to starter solenoid B (+) terminal stud. Tighten nut to 13.6 Nm (120 inch lbs.).
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  9. Position starter motor to transmission housing and loosely install two bolts/washers.
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  11. Tighten bolts to 67.8 Nm (50 ft. lbs.).
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  13. Lower vehicle.
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  15. Connect negative battery cable.
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With Manual Transmission
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect and isolate negative battery cable.
  4.  
  5. Raise and support vehicle.
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  7. Remove nut securing starter motor to stud on transmission housing.
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  9. While supporting starter motor, remove bolt securing starter motor to transmission housing.
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  11. If equipped with automatic transmission, slide transmission cooler tube bracket forward on tubes far enough for starter motor to be removed from lower mounting stud.
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  13. Lower starter motor from front transmission housing far enough to access and remove nut securing battery cable eyelet to starter solenoid stud. Always support starter motor during this process. Do not let starter motor hang from wire harness.
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  15. Remove solenoid wire solenoid terminal stud.
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  17. Disconnect battery cable solenoid wire from receptacle on starter solenoid.
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  19. Remove starter motor from transmission housing.
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To install:

  1. Position starter motor to transmission housing.
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  3. Connect battery cable solenoid terminal wire harness connector to connector receptacle on starter solenoid. Always support the starter motor during this process. Do not let the starter motor hang from the wire harness.
  4.  
  5. Install battery cable eyelet terminal onto solenoid B(+) terminal stud.
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  7. Install and tighten nut securing battery cable eyelet terminal to starter solenoid B (+) terminal stud. Tighten nut to 13.6 Nm (120 inch lbs.).
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  9. Position starter motor over stud on transmission housing.
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  11. If equipped with automatic transmission, slide automatic transmission cooler tube bracket rearward on tubes and into position over starter motor flange.
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  13. Loosely install the washers, bolt, and nut to starter. Tighten bolt and nut to 67.8 Nm (50 ft. lbs.).
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  15. Lower vehicle.
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  17. Connect negative battery cable.
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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. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Disable the ignition system by unplugging the ignition system fuse. Verify that the vehicle will not start.
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  5. Connect a voltmeter between the positive terminal of the battery and the main terminal on the starter solenoid from the battery.
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  7. Turn the ignition key to the START position and note the voltage on the meter.
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  9. 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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  11. Connect a voltmeter between the positive terminal of the battery and the terminal on the solenoid leading to the starter.
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  13. Turn the ignition key to the START position and note the voltage on the meter.
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  15. 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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