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How to Replace a 1998 Dodge Neon Starter

    • 1). Lift the hood and prop it open. Disconnect the negative and positive cables from the battery with an adjustable wrench.

    • 2). Remove the bolt that secures the battery to the battery tray. Lift the battery out of the engine bay and place it off to the side.

    • 3). Remove the bolts that secure the battery tray to the fender well with a socket and ratchet. Lift the battery tray out of the engine bay and place it off to the side.

    • 4). Locate the starter through the hole where the battery tray was. Use the replacement starter as a visual reference. Locate the top bolt that secures the starter to the transmission housing with a socket. Accessing the upper bolt in this manner precludes the need to remove the front motor mount.

    • 5). Raise the front of the Neon and place it on jack stands. The rest of the removal requires you to be under the vehicle.

    • 6). Locate and remove the lower mounting bolt for the starter. Pull the gear on the end of the starter out of the transmission housing.

    • 7). Remove the bolt that secures the generator output wire and the positive battery wire to the back of the solenoid, which bolts onto the starter.

    • 8). Disconnect the push-on wiring harness from the starter solenoid.

    • 9). Push the wiring harness onto the new starter solenoid and bolt the generator output wire and the positive battery wire back onto the solenoid.

    • 10

      Slide the gear on the end of the starter back into the transmission housing and secure it in place with the lower bolt.

    • 11

      Secure the top half of the starter to the transmission housing by reinserting the bolt through the hole created when you removed the battery tray.

    • 12

      Place the battery tray back into the engine bay and bolt it into place.

    • 13

      Place the battery onto the battery tray and secure it with the battery lock-down bolt.

    • 14

      Reconnect the positive and negative battery cables.

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