On the 4 cylinder engines the starter is above the crossmember between the front wheels and close to the firewall. Not exactly the easiest thing to reach.
The lights stay on when you hit the key? Then the connections are probably fine. The starter relay is first in the list of checks, but it sounds like you replaced that. Next is the actual connections to the starter but it's behind a heat shield. They are probably fine, but it wouldn't hurt to clean them and try it again. Most likely the starter solenoid is bad? I'm guessing since I don't have a mechanical degree, I'm just a long time Chrysler guy that fixes my own cars 90% of the time. I'd put my money on a bad starter solenoid. They can be replaced but a rebuilt starter is probably the best bet. No use going through all that knuckle busting to put in an old starter with a new solenoid.
You will have to move the Air pump tube out of the way, remove a couple of bolts from the heat shield, and a clamp to get to the starter. All while you are working around the front crossmember. I can't say it's going to be fun.
Sunday, April 15th, 2007 AT 8:58 PM