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How hard is it to change the starter?

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Ive had the thing for two weeks and the starter is bad. The dealer wants $350 which is crazy. The starter is only $100.

How hard is it to do myself, what is gonna be in the way? I haven't poked my head under there to look yet.

And it is definetly the starter. The battery is fine and from back searchin threads, these things are notorious for goin bad.
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A couple of the members have the shop manuals. Maybe they can look it up for you.

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This should be a relative easy job. The starter should be mounted I believe on the driver side, underneath... I found the following from an earlier thread:

"..To access the starter you must remove the shield below the engine. The starter is a 4 to 5 inch diameter cylindrical assembly oriented longways, fore and aft. It will have 3 wires attached. 1 of the three is the battery cable [large diameter] It is attached at the junction of engine and transmission..."

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Just finished it up. Took about 2 hours. You have to unbolt the drive shaft in order to get the starter out. It is extremely tight in the are it is a real pain to access the short wiring for it. Btw, its only 100 bucks for a brand new starter right from the dealer.
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Just finished it up. Took about 2 hours. You have to unbolt the drive shaft in order to get the starter out. It is extremely tight in the are it is a real pain to access the short wiring for it. Btw, its only 100 bucks for a brand new starter right from the dealer.
$100 for a new starter is interesting. I had to have mine replaced for the second time, only this time it was out of warranty so it was done under my non-dealer extended warranty which still after two months has not reimbursed me, but the starter was listed as $29.00 which I could not belive. I even questioned the service rep and she verified it was an OEM part. MAybe that is why they go out so often.
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$100 for a new starter is interesting. I had to have mine replaced for the second time, only this time it was out of warranty so it was done under my non-dealer extended warranty which still after two months has not reimbursed me, but the starter was listed as $29.00 which I could not belive. I even questioned the service rep and she verified it was an OEM part. MAybe that is why they go out so often.
They are definetly questionable quality. $29.00 sounds like cost. I could have bought a new OEM direct from chrysler online for 70 bucks. MSRP is 90. Autozone or napa or advance all want around 180 for a rebuild, not even new.

But I didn't want to wait the extra day and hear my girlfriend bitch about it.

How many miles did yours last? Mine was at 70k, but I am second owner so who knows if it was replaced prior.
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They are definetly questionable quality. $29.00 sounds like cost. I could have bought a new OEM direct from chrysler online for 70 bucks. MSRP is 90. Autozone or napa or advance all want around 180 for a rebuild, not even new.

But I didn't want to wait the extra day and hear my girlfriend bitch about it.

How many miles did yours last? Mine was at 70k, but I am second owner so who knows if it was replaced prior.
First went at 20K the second at 56K. The problem with the second time was they said the problem was the skim module and charged me $800.00 for a new module and 2 new keys. A week later I had it towed back and they changed the starter. Extended warranty did not cover the first trip.
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First went at 20K the second at 56K. The problem with the second time was they said the problem was the skim module and charged me $800.00 for a new module and 2 new keys. A week later I had it towed back and they changed the starter. Extended warranty did not cover the first trip.
Skim module? Whats that?
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Skim module? Whats that?
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It's a module module.

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