I tried searching this forum for pictured procedure of the 2005 WK 3.7 V6 starter removal/install and can not find one so I hope this helps someone.
I'm experiencing the dreaded wouldn't crank/turn over starter issue. Checked the battery and it's showing 12.7V battery cable wires are very clean. Starter wires looks clean but the solenoid is rusted so I figured since Jeep has 80K + miles anyway might just clean change the starter and might get lucky.
Disclaimer: I'm no expert and claim to be one. This procedure is my own way and follow so at your own risk.
-Long flat screw driver or anything flat tipped tool (for yellow wire)
-various size socket wrench extensions
-universal socket joints
-2 ton jack stand (optional)
-2 ton floor jack (optional)
- Disconnect battery cables.
- Put front end in jack stand (optional).
- Remove front under body panel.
- Unbolt driver side half shaft. You can access 2 bolts at a time and to access the other 2 you have to put the shift lever to neutral (put ignition to on) position then go back down and turn half shaft manually to position the other 2 bolts. Go back up and put shift lever back to park, therefore; locking the half shaft into position then go back down and unbolt the remaining 2 bolts.
- Unbolt starter
- Remove Solenoid cable and yellow wire once the starter is unbolted. You have to maneuver it around with your other hand to access the nut.
- Pull out the starter through driver side half shaft by pushing it on the side
Install the new starter in the revers process and good luck. It took me about 3 hours because I have to figure out several approaches. I would suggest add 6 pack of beer to your tools list.
Unfortunately for me new starter did not solve my Jeep's problem so back to square one.