How to Replace the Starter in a Dodge Caravan
- 1). Park your Dodge Caravan on a level surface, activate the emergency brake and place blocks behind the back tires for safety. Disconnect the negative battery cable with a terminal puller. Raise the front end of the car with a jack for easier access to the starter.
- 2). Remove the starter harness connectors and wires and starter mounting bolts. Place the bolts in the jar for safe keeping for use later. Remove the starter from the engine of your Dodge Caravan.
- 3). Take your malfunctioning starter to the parts store with you. Aftermarket distributors remanufacture most of the starters they sell, so you can likely obtain a partial credit toward your new starter by exchanging your old one. Be sure that you take care not to damage the starter in transit, because the better condition it is in, the more you can get for it.
- 4). Purchase a replacement starter that has the same or higher cranking capacity (power rating) as the original starter in your. Also, match the bolt patterns, drive gears and electrical connections. Your owner's manual may list specifications or the auto parts technician will help you determine them. Download a free owner's manual at My Dodge.
- 5). Reverse the removal process to install the new starter. Torque the starter mounting bolts to 35 foot pounds (47 Nm). Tighten the battery cable nut to 1000 inch pounds (11 Nm).
- 6). Lower your Dodge Caravan back to the ground. Reconnect the negative battery cable. Turn the key in the ignition to see if your new starter motor functions correctly.