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How to bench test a starter

You need a battery and jumper cables. Connect one negative the black end to the body of the starter and the other negative end to the battery negative. Connect one positive cable end to the stud coming from the coloned and the other end to the battery. Use a jumper wire to make a connection between the positive cable hooked to the starter and the remaining pin on solonied. If starter is good it will activate. Use caution the starter can jump

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I have a 2001 f 150 4.2. I put a new starter in and a new battert in. When i turn it over all i am getting is a clicking sound what eles could it b


check all connections make sure. all terminals are clean also get jumper cables an connect black cable one end to negative side of battery and the other end of the black jumper to a good solid ground on the chassie somewhere. checking ground connection

Jan 27, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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how can i know if my starter relay is bad on a dodge stratus 2001


IF STARTER RELAY BAD THE STARTER WONT MAKE NO NOISE AT ALL HEADLIGHTS WONT DIM.IF YOU CLICKING NOISE BATTERY VOLTAGE TOO LOW. MAKE SURE BATTERY VOLTS ARE 12.6 VOLTS AND USE TEST LIGHT TO SEE IF STARTER GETTING POWER.COULD HAVE BLOWED IGNITION FUSE OR FAULTY IGNITION SWITCH. TO CHECK STARTER SOLENOID FIRST TURN OFF RADIO THEN REMOVE NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE AND POSITIVE BATTERY CABLE.THEN REMOVE STARTER BUY A REMOTE SWITCH.YOU NEED BATTERY JUMPER CABLES HOOK BATTERY JUMPER CABLES TO BATTERY PUT POSITIVE CABLE ON POSITIVE BATTERY POST THEN PUT NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE ON NEGATIVE POST. HOOK BATTERY CABLES TO STARTER USE NEGATIVE CABLE GROUND STARTER BODY AND PUT POSITIVE BATTERY CABLE ON THE LARGE POSITIVE POST ON STARTER SOLENOID. NOW TAKE REMOTE SWITCH HOOK RED WIRE TO STARTER SOLENOID POSITIVE POST THEN HOOK BLACK WIRE TO REMOTE SWITCH TO STARTER SOLENOID SWITCH TERMINAL WITH LETTER S THEN PRESS REMOTE IF STARTER SPINS STRONG WITH A GOOD KICK STARTER GOOD.YOUR PROBLEM COULD BE CORRODED WORN BATTERY CABLES. WEAK BATTERY FAULTY IGNITION SWITCH. IF STARTER DONT WORK WHEN YOU PRESS THE REMOTE SWITCH STARTER SOLNOID BAD OR STARTER ITSELF BAD.IF ALL IS GOOD. CODE SCAN CAR FOR THEFT SECURITY FAULT CODE.

Aug 28, 2011 | 1999 Dodge Caravan

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car wont crank over battery good starter removed and bench tested only get a click from the ecu when ignition turned to on along with some clicking from the engine bay


bad connection from the terminal youll need a battery jumper cable. But first lets try this make sure battery terminal is tight and clean okay next now we are going to find the weak link. Take the negative battery cable and the jumper on negative cable on battery and put the other end of that cable to body ground there we made a better cable ground connection. ck to see if problem solve, If yes correct negative terminal. If no problem in positvie section you need to make sure positive is clean contact.

Apr 22, 2011 | Suzuki Vitara Cars & Trucks

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I have a gmc 1998 turbo diesel that cranks but wont turnover or try to..i have replaced the supply pump as well as the inline pump..what can i do to get my truck started ..thank you ?


TURN OFF RADIO FIRST TO KEEP FROM LOCKING IT OUT WHEN YOU DISCONNECT NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE. SOUND LIKE WEAK BATTERY OR STARTER MAKE SURE BATTERY CABLES CLEAN AND TIGHT.IF BATTERY GOOD REPLACE BATTERY CABLES.CHECK STARTER MAKE SURE STARTER SOLENOID AND STARTER OKAY.YOU CAN HAVE THEM TESTED AT AUTO PARTS STORE OR USE A REMOTE SWITCH.REMOVE STARTER FROM VECHICLE USE JUMPER CABLES.HOOK NEGATIVE GROUND CABLE TO BATTERY NEGATIVE THEN GROUND STARTER BODY WITH NEGATIVE BATTERY JUMPER CABLES HOOK POSITIVE JUMPER CABLE TO BATTERY POSITIVE AND STARTER POSITIVE TERMINAL.THEN HOOK REMOTE SWITCH TO STARTER STARTER SWITCH AND OTHER REMOTE WIRE TO STARTER POSITIVE TERMINAL.PRESS REMOTE STARTER WILL SPIN IF GOOD.MAKE SURE INJECTION PUMP STATIC AND DYNAMIC IS TIMING CORRECT BEFORE STARTING TRUCK.

Dec 07, 2010 | 1998 GMC Sierra

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I have a 1988 BMW 750il and my battery is dead, and I can't unlock my doors, how can I get in my car?


I usually jack up the car and use a pair of jumper cables. Connect the red cable to the starter lead that the battery cable attaches to and the black cable to any good body ground. Connect the other ends of the jumper cables to a good hot battery. Use jack stands for saftey reasons. Be careful and good luck. It always works for me.

Dec 25, 2008 | 1988 BMW 7 Series

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