Chrysler Town and Country Starter Replacement

Chrysler town and Country

How To Replace The Starter on a Chrysler Town and Country


2000 T&C Lxi 3.8ltr starter motor swapout
A bare bones walk thru on replacing the starter motor on a 2000 Chrysler Town and Country with a 3.8 liter engine.

Troubleshooting an Intermittent Starter – Chrysler T&C 3.8 Liter
Look at this video also: after you view mine. Starter on 1999 Chrysler T&C sometimes clicked and sometimes started the engine, but finally just clicked. This video covers troubleshooting. Power cable at starter end is fastened with a 14mm nut. The troubleshooting process applies to other cars also.
When a starter has a load click but doesn’t start, there are several things that could be wrong with the starting system.

However, that click means that there is power through the starting circuitry — key switch, anti-theft computer, starter relay, etc. That circuitry is separate from the main power to the starter windings.

So the clicking sound without the starter turning is an indication that the starting is getting enough power to turn:
1.The battery could be just about dead or have some bad cells. If the battery is charged and is holding 13 — 14 volts and if the voltage doesn’t drop below 11 during the starting attempt, the battery is probably not the problem.
2.But is that power getting to the starter? Check the battery terminals and cable connections. Just go ahead and clean them and reconnect the cables.
3.Is the cable connection at the starter clean and tight? Check that. The video shows what happened when I did that.

2002 Chrysler T&C Starter Replacement
Van would start on 2nd or 3rd try. No sound til starter engaged. Then, light colored smoke rolled out at a traffic light with engine running. Thought there were two problems. Ends up that connection for high current lead from battery was loose. Smoke came when starter melted down, burning a hole in the starter body and melting some metal to form a stalagtite. Found out a lot of info about the relay used for the starter. It’s the same relay used for some other appliances.