Changed engine and now I need to know if the OEM replacement starter will work

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  • 1998 DODGE TRUCK
  • V6
  • RWD
  • 60,000 MILES

My grandmother lives in Texas she had a new engine put in and is now needing a new starter. I am attempting to purchase the part for her but I do not know if changing the engine also required a different from stock starter. She is not sure what engine was put in the truck, I am assuming it was close to the original it is still a V6.

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Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 AT 9:46 PM

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Chrysler has always been the leader when it comes to parts interchangeability between years, models, and engines. If you use an auto parts store's web site to look up parts for different years, you'll find there might be different part numbers due to slight variations, but they almost all interchange.

In addition, Chrysler's starters bolt to the transmission, and they engage the ring gear that is on the transmission's torque converter. The engines are all the same too, but in this case, not an issue. The only time you need to really worry is when replacing the current little silver Nippendenso starter with an older larger starter from the 1960's through late 1980's. There might not be room for the older one next to the exhaust pipe or shifter linkage.

Keep in mind too that you might ask for a starter for a 1998 V-6, but get a rebuilt unit that was turned in from a different year or model. When they are all the same over many years, rebuilt starters are listed as covering an entire range of years and models. They do not have to be specific. The one you turn in for core might get rebuilt, then sold to be installed on a 2002 truck with a V-8.

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