How to Remove the Starter on a 1987 Dodge Raider

The 1987 Dodge Raider was one of Dodge's smaller vehicles, a small SUV designed for driving on and off road. These trucks have taken off in popularity in the past few years, being used by dedicated off-roaders as weekend warriors. The starter motor on the trucks is responsible for turning over the engine from a cold start. When the starter fails, the engine can't turn over and therefore, you can't drive the SUV. Fixing the problem starts with removing the old starter, which should take about a half-hour to do.

Tools Used: Open-end wrench set, 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and socket set, 3/8-inch universal joint

Remove the Starter

Pop the hood. Locate the battery, and disconnect the negative terminal on the battery using an open-end wrench. Disconnect the positive terminal next, using the same method.

Locate the starter on the engine, which you can find by looking down past the engine and locating the it where it is bolted to the transmission. Disconnect the electrical connections on the starter motor using an open-end wrench.

Unbolt the starter motor from the transmission using the 3/8-inch ratchet, extension and sockets. If necessary, use a universal joint between the socket and the extension to reach the right bolts. Then lift the starter motor out of the engine bay.

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