How to Install a PT Cruiser Starterby Christian Killian
Installing a new starter motor on your Chrysler PT Cruiser is easy because of the design of the engine and the car. The starter motor is located high in the front of the motor which allows you to reach it from under the hood rather than working on your back under the car. Replacement starters are available new, rebuilt and used for your PT Cruiser from auto parts stores, salvage yards and the Chrysler dealer. New units typically have the best warranty, if that is a concern, when purchasing a starter for your car.
Lower the starter into the engine compartment from the top and slide the nose of the starter into the opening in the bell housing. The mounting location for the starter is on the front of the engine just below the valve cover.
Install the top mounting bolt into the starter from the transmission side of the bell housing then install the lower bolt into the starter from the engine side. Tighten both bolts to 40 foot-pounds with a torque wrench.
Plug in the electrical connector to the rear of the starter solenoid then attach the wire with the ring connector onto the stud on the solenoid followed by the retaining nut. Torque this nut to 90 inch-pounds with a torque wrench.
Install the engine cover over the engine by laying it in place then pushing it onto the ball studs on the top of the engine. It will snap into position on the studs.
Attach the negative battery cable to the negative post on the battery and tighten the retaining bolt with a wrench or socket and ratchet.
- "Chilton's Total Car Repair Manual 2001-2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser;" Haynes Manuals Inc.; 2003
Things You'll Need
- Socket set
- Torque wrenches (both foot-pounds and inch-pounds)
- Wrench set
Christian Killian has been a freelance journalist/photojournalist since 2006. After many years of working in auto parts and service positions, Killian decided to move into journalism full-time. He has been published in "1st Responder News" as well as in other trade magazines and newspapers in the last few years.