How to Replace a Starter on the 2006 Dodge Caravan XLT

by Aram Khayatpour
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The starter is a small electric motor in your 2006 Dodge Caravan XLT that allows the engine to begin turning before it starts. This causes fuel and air to mix in your engine's combustion chambers and ignite, which turns on your Caravan. Without a functioning starter, you cannot turn on your engine, so the starter must be replaced.

Step 1

Open the hood and disconnect the negative (black) battery wire from the negative battery terminal.

Step 2

Disconnect the wiring harnesses on the starter. The starter has two wiring harnesses; press in on the tabs while pulling out on the wires to remove them.

Step 3

Unscrew the four bolts on the starter using a socket wrench and a 10mm socket.

Step 4

Replace the old starter with the new one and bolt it into place using the screws you removed in the previous step, a socket wrench and a socket.

Step 5

Plug the wiring harnesses into the two ports on the new starter.

Step 6

Reconnect the negative (black) wiring harness to the negative battery terminal.

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