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1999 Subaru Forester starting problem

Replaced the battery on my 1999 Subaru Forester but it still won't start. Have lights on dash but no sound or clicking from solenoid when turning the key.....Battery connections are clean and coated with dielectric silicone.......How do I determine if starter is bad?.....Is there anything else I should be checking?

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  • Camoray Jan 21, 2013

    Thanks "ALL" for the com back to my starting problem...I could just barely

  • Camoray Jan 21, 2013

    see the starter from above so I cleared some hoses,filter box and wires to get access...I first took off the hot wire to solenoid to check for corrosion but it was clean, BUT when I went to check the wire from solenoid to the starter it was corroded off at the terminal... Problem solved....Purchased a new starter from Advance Auto...The problem I really had was removing and reinstalling the lower mounting nut on the starter...I have loads of tools, sockets, extensions, etc but could not get any leverage to turn ratchet...Finally bought a cheap air ratchet from Harbor Freight and solved the problem...I live on the Jersey coast about 30 miles south of Atlantic City and salt corrosion is always a big problem here....Thanks again to all for your help.

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You either don't have power to solenoid or solenoid is bad. Disconnect solenoid power from ignition and check for power there using a light or a multimeter. Connect battery to the starting terminal and to ground. Turn ignition on go to start position. Light should ncome on. If not checl that circuit backwatds. If on then jump solenoid with a wire from battery positive. If OK it should click and start. If not check starter brushes and solenoid.

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If you just hear a click, try this:
This procedure usually works:
·Check the battery cable connections:
Make sure the positive cable, makes a good connection at the battery and at the starter. Make sure the negative cable makes a good ground connection at the battery and (preferably) at the engine.

·Check the battery the simple way, like this:
Turn on the headlights, then try to start the car.If the headlights do not dim or go out, then the battery is likely ok.

·Check the starter and solenoid:
If the wiring looks ok, then look at the starter solenoid for a good connection, and proper voltage at the starter(10 volts minimum while cranking).
If the starter spins and no crank, the problem is most likely the Solenoid's bendix gear is stuck.
Have someone hit (not too hard) the starter while you try to start the car. This usually works by dislodging a stuck bendix gear.
·Make a simple test of the alternator:
If you can, somehow get the engine running, measure the voltage at the battery. It should be at least 13.6 volts to properly charge the battery.

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