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Unread 05-12-2008, 03:01 PM   #1
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2005 WK Starter replacement - How to?

My 2005 jeep Grand Cherokee 5.7 starter has been slowely failing. Today it finally won't start. It just clicks. Before it completely failed, I had the battery and Alternator tested and they tested fine. I picked up a new start from the dealer (suprisingly had the cheapest price... 90 bucks no core charge).

I like to work on things myself and have done starters before but I can't find where this one is located. I've checked online and got different answers. Is it on the passenger side down by the bellhousing? Also, does anyone have any pics or isntructions to help guide me through?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Unread 05-12-2008, 03:53 PM   #2
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one last thing to check, but are the cables to the starter in good shape? no corrosion on the starter leads?
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Unread 05-12-2008, 07:32 PM   #3
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I need to follow them all the way to the sarter yet and tomorrow morning I'm going to get started on this. I have wire to replace any if need be but was hoping to get some help on replacing this starter before I dug into it. My neighbor came over and he's a mechanic. He listened to it and took a brief look and said it was the starter. He left for out of town so I'm on my own.

I'm not an expert at working on cars but nor am I completely ignorant so, just a few pointers would help and location of the starter as I haven't had a chance to jack it up and dig in.
Thanks again
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Unread 05-12-2008, 07:52 PM   #4
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from my service manual looks like the starter should be on the right side of the motor.
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Unread 05-13-2008, 10:28 PM   #5
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Ok, I just got done doing this today and it's not too bad. Here's some info in case anyone elase needs to do this.

Disconnect battery
Properly jackup WK or other Jeep model this may apply to
Take of skid plate - 4 bolts
crawl underneath behind drivers side wheel and you'll see it just up behind the driveshaft and where the exaust comes down from the motor. You'll need to unbold the 4 bolts from the front end of the driveshaft. Don't worry, it's not that bad and the U joint won't come apart. You'll then be able to move it to the side for the starter to slide down after unbolting the two bolts. Don't worry about the back end of the driveshaft, you won't need to completely remove the driveshaft.
After unbolting it, the easiest way to disconnect the wires is to remove the plastic wheel well. It's only a few of those plastic clip/screw things. You'll want to pick up some more as they will probably not be reusable after as they will break removing them. You'll then be able to get to the power wire that's connected by the screw, and the ground to the clip. There is a third nut but if you look at your new one, you won't need to remove that one to get the starter out.
Once that is disconnected, climb back underneath and you'll be able to pull it down further to take off the heat shield of two screws. It will now be able to slide out with some finess.
Reverse steps to install and put everything back together.

I would suggest two people for this if you don't wrench on cars all the time. If you do, you probably don't need these instructions.

Hope this helps.
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Unread 01-09-2011, 04:18 PM   #6
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Thanks for the detail instruction
I did my at 80080 kms
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Unread 07-01-2011, 05:16 PM   #7
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Would instructions be different if the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited has a Hemi?
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