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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?
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.
Posted on Jan 16, 2013
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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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
your starter is bad.... the two contacts inside the solinoid are worn out only way to fix is replace the unit as a whole bet ya you get click click click then my start.. bet my life on this one been fixin toyotas for 20+ years
Posted on Dec 30, 2008
I have the same problem. I am half way through. I removed the starter but don't think that is it. The van always starts when jumped. The driving lights, clock, and radio work even though the key is not in the ignition. Something must not be disengaging and drains the battery in a few hours as if the key is on!!
Posted on Apr 18, 2009
no starter relay is always at the fuse relay box at the engine compartment. The relay that you hear is the relay for the accessories to turn off the power during starting position.
Posted on Feb 01, 2010
SOURCE: 2007 chevy cobalt ls won't
Ignition relay or fuse could be the problem. When you turn the key to start do you hear a fuel pump kicking on and or do you have spark when you hot wire the starter (I know it's hard to check while trying to start it)? You can email me back and I might be able to pinpoint it more.
Posted on Jun 06, 2011
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