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How to Remove the Starter on a 1989 Dodge D100

Removing the starter from your Dodge D100 is not difficult. In fact, the hardest part of the project is crawling under the truck to get to the starter. The starter is on the driver's side close to the bell housing and looks like a canister with wires connected to it. A novice weekend mechanic can have the starter out of the truck in about 45 minutes. The removal process is the same for both the six- and eight-cylinder engines.

Tools Used: Automobile jack, Jack stand, Wheel chocks, Marker, Masking tape, Metric socket set, Metric wrench set

Remove the Starter

Disconnect the negative battery terminal with a wrench to loosen the nut.

Place wheel chocks behind the rear tires and raise the truck with an automobile jack. Place a jack stand under the truck near the jacking point and raise it up to the frame.

Crawl under the truck and locate the starter. Mark the wires with a marker and masking tape to note their proper locations. Disconnect the wires by removing the nuts with the wrench and pulling the wires away from the starter.

Remove the mounting bolts from the starter with a ratchet and socket. Take care to support the starter when removing the last bolts so that the starter doesn't simply drop out. Pull the starter away from the engine.

Tips & Warnings

Never attempt this procedure before disconnecting the battery as instructed or you will put yourself at risk of electrical shock.

Wear safety goggles, when working under your vehicle, to prevent eye injuries.

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