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Starter or solinoid?

91 Jeep replaced starter solinoid because of following problem: Turn key to start nothing no clicking nothing (battery ok) New solinoid came with 5 or 6 shims but no instructions. Old solinoid had no shims. Every now and then (8-10) attempts to start same problem turn key to start nothing. Solinoid has power to unit, checked that already, if the solinoid is tapped lightly with hammer while attempting to start engine will start.
Added a couple of shims but problem still exists! Appears this "new" solinoid is bad. Anybody had similar problems with new solinoids or is that the main problem or how can I determine how many shims are needed? thanks

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  • anthony Nov 21, 2012

    no autozone checked starter said it was ok is the cylonoid cennected to the starter



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I never heard of a starter solonoid coming with shims. Did you replace the starter or starter solonoid?
What engine do you have?

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