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Remote works but car doesn't start

I have a remote starter that makes the lights flash but dosn't start the car. RPN47IT is the remote model not sure of the starter car is second hand. als not sure of the range of the remote. I also cannot start my truck, even had the startermotor replaced worked for the drive home and that was five days ago. I noticed for about 3 weeks the blue light that flashes on my remote box on the winshield has not been working could this have been a warning that it was about to fail? I have headlights very bright signals work but my truck will not start unless I jump the solnoid in the starter with a screwdriver, I am a 5 foot nothing woman and this is just not practical. Please Help

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It sounds like you have a bad starter solenoid. You did not state the make or year of your truck, but Fords had a separate starter solenoid attached to the inner fender under the hood usually near the battery. It is a round, black device about an 1 1/2 inch in diameter with several wires & cables attached. A battery cable is attached to one side of it and a cable to the starter comes off the other side. Usually there are to other smaller wires attached to it that come from the ignition circuit. By touching one of the ignition wire posts to the starter motor post using a screwdriver, you can "Jump" the solenoid and cause the starter motor to turn. If this sounds like what you are doing, then you are essentially performing manually what the starter solenoid should be doing automatically every time you turn the ignition switch to the start position. These units are inexpensive and readily available at any auto parts store. However, before replacing, I would check all the connections to make sure they are free of corrosion and are tight and secure. Other models and manufacturers have the starter solenoid mounted on the starter motor itself. This doesn't sound like you case because you would have to crawl under the truck to accomplish this jumping task. I hope this helps you.
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Posted on Feb 20, 2009

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