1993 Chrysler Town and Country starter relay

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Electrical problem
1993 Chrysler Town and Country 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 136000 miles

how do I identify and replace the starter relay?

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 AT 10:49 AM

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Wouldn't it make more sense to describe the problem so you can fix it correctly? Starter relays give extremely little problems. If you're experiencing a no-crank condition, almost always intermittent at first, suspect worn contacts inside the starter motor's solenoid. Most people replace the whole motor, but if you're a competent do-it-yourselfer, you can replace just the contacts for $20.00. The additional symptom is a loud clunk as the starter engages the flywheel, but the engine doesn't crank until you try it a bunch of times.

If you don't hear that clunk, then listen for the light click of the starter relay under the hood. It's hard to tell because there are other relays turning on and off at the same time. If the starter relay doesn't click, suspect a cracked cam on the end of the ignition switch. It will turn far enough for the dash lights and radio to turn on, but won't move quite far enough to get to the "crank" position. The dealer has a repair kit for that problem, and it's cheap.

Not sure about your '93, but by '95, starter relays were in a box under the hood, and a label under the cover showed which fuse and relay was which.

One final warning. If you try to remove the starter, you'll need to disconnect the negative cable from the battery. Disconnecting the battery, (or running it dead), will cause the heating / air conditioning computer to lose its mind. All six yellow leds in the push buttons will be flashing meaning it needs to have the recalibration tests run which can be very frustrating. One of the two tests will not pass if the air conditioning system is not working properly. If the AC doesn't work, there are tricks you can do to keep the memory alive while you work on the starter so you won't have to watch those blinking lights for the rest of the life of the vehicle.


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