The Dodge Ram–Dodge’s workhorse pickup, known for its horsepower, ruggedness, and perceived ability to get a job done–is a traditional pickup: It has body-on-frame construction, a conventional gasoline or diesel combustion engine, and time-tested mechanical components such as a starter motor to get the big Ram’s engine running. The starter, powered by the battery when you turn the key in the ignition, engages the flywheel to set the crankshaft in motion, starting the engine. The starter on the 2001 Dodge Ram, like the starter on virtually any domestic automobile, wears out over years of use. Replacing the starter, though, is a routine job that can save you money if you do it yourself. Changing the 2001 Ram’s starter should take only about a half-hour to complete.
Removing the Starter
Open the hood to access the engine compartment. Disconnect the battery by removing the negative and positive cable clamps from the battery posts.