1988 Jeep Cherokee



Cherokee, Comanche, Wagoneer


Starter is a 4-pole, 4-brush type direct series wound motor. The engagement mechanism is integral with the starter and controls switching on and off of motor and shifting of the starter pinion.

t. End Housing Bushing

  1. Drive-End Housing

  2. Spacer

  3. Pad

  4. Solenoid Plate

  5. Solenoid

  6. Pinion Shift Yoke

  7. Support Plate

  8. Support Plate Bushing

  1. Field Winding & Pole Shoe Sets

  2. Pole Shoe Screw

  3. Armature Housing

  1. Grommet

  2. Brush Set

  3. Brush Spring
    15. Brush Holder

  1. Cap

  2. Brush Holder Bushing

  3. Through Bolts

  4. Armature Brake Assembly

  5. Armature

  6. Starter Drive Pinion

  7. Drive Pinion Stop

  8. Shift Yoke Pivot Pins

  9. Shift Yolk Axle

Fig. 1: Exploded View of Paris-Rhone Starter Motor Courtesy of Chrysler Motors.


  1. Voltage is applied to ignition switch through fuse "B" at
    all times. Voltage is also applied at all times to the contact on
    starter solenoid, terminal "B".

  2. With ignition switch in "START" position, battery voltage
    is applied from fusible link "B", to ignition switch, and to the coil
    of the starter relay to ground.

  3. The coil of the starter relay engages closing relay

contacts. With start relay contacts closed, battery voltage is applied to starter solenoid. Both solenoid windings are energized.

4) The pull-in and hold-in windings work together to
magnetically pull starter gear into ring gear. At the same time the
plunger also closes solenoid switch contacts in the starter solenoid.
Full battery voltage is now applied directly to the starter motor and
it cranks the engine.

NOTE: Use the amperage draw reading after the starter motor has obtained its maximum RPM.


  1. Check the battery for a broken or cracked casing.

  2. Check that all connections to battery and starter are clean
    and tight.

  3. Check electrolyte level of battery. Levels that are too high
    or too low may cause poor starter motor performance.

  4. Check battery by measuring specific gravity of electrolyte in
    each cell with a hydrometer.

NOTE: No further testing or troubleshooting procedures available from manufacturer.



Application Specification

Cold Cranking Voltage (Minimum) 9.6 Volts

Cold Cranking Amps

Cherokee & Wagoneer 350 Amps

Comanche 120 Amps



Application Ft. Lbs. (N.m)

Left Side Engine Mount-to-Block 40 (54)

Left Side Engine Mount-to-Bell Housing Bolt 35 (47)

Left Side Engine Mount-to-Frame Sill Bolt 48 (65)

Starter Mounting Bolts 37 (50)

INCH Lbs. (N.m)
Starter Relay "B+" Terminal Nut 18 (2)