A bad starter will not turn, or have too little power to actually start the engine. Replacing the starter in a 2001 Chrysler Sebring is a simple process--the starter can be reached from above, unlike in many cars, including older models of the Sebring. A replacement starter can be purchased or ordered from most auto-parts stores. Expect to spend about half an hour replacing your starter.
Things You'll Need
- Socket wrench
- Socket set, metric
- Torque wrench
Disconnect the negative (black) cable from the battery, then the red.
Remove the air cleaner assembly. It is the large plastic assembly on the right side of the engine connected to a large hose. It is held in place by several bolts. Remove the hose by squeezing the tabs on the hose clamp with a pair of pliers and sliding the hose off.
Disconnect the electrical connectors from the starter. The starter can be identified by the very large electrical lines that supply the power and must be unscrewed to remove.
Unbolt the starter from the engine block and pull it out of the compartment.
Replace the starter, torquing the bolts to 21 to 25 ft-lbs. Replace the electrical connectors and torque them to 36 to 52 in-lbs. (3 to 4.25 ft-lbs.). Install the air cleaner assembly and reconnect the battery.
Tips & Warnings
- If your Sebring has the 2.4L engine, you may need to remove a cover to reach the starter after removing the air cleaner assembly.
- The hose on the air cleaner is easier to work with when the assembly is unbolted.
- "MOTOR Auto Repair Manual, Vol. 1"; MOTOR Information Systems; 2003
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