I can hear the solenoid on my 1997 Neon engage but it will not rotate/start the engine. I believe that my battery is fine. In the past dozen no starts,,,I wiggle the wire that comes from the battery to the starter and that has made it start. Today that has not worked,,,,I can hear the solenoid click/engage but it won't start. I cleaned the connections and also checked to see if the connection is loose,,but Noooo, HELP!
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Re: 1997 Neon Starter Solenoid Engages,,BUT
Ase mechanic here, sounds like the starter is on its way out, will have to replace since you cleaned all the connections, but in the mean time try hitting the solenoid portion with some object and see if the engine starts. if so the starter needs replacing.
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Not likely, a bad solenoid usually results in nothing starting at all. The starter only runs a few seconds when first starting the engine. It could be the alternator which is always running. The starter basically replace the old hand crank form decades ago and simple rotates the engine while the fuel burn cycle engages.
Hi: My name is Tom and I know I can help you. I will go out on a limb and say: When you try to start the car you hear a clicking sound. That is your starter solenoid engaging. The car will not start because the starter is bad.
Therefore, detached the cables from the battery so no current can get to the solenoid and starter. Remove the starter.(If you have problems with this I can talk you through it). Take the starter and solenoid to you auto parts store and ask them to test your starter and solenoid.
Put in the new parts and reconnect the battery to the car. I believe that you will have not more problems.
Typically, when you hear a clicking sound, it indicates that the starter solenoid is bad.
A starter solenoid (or starter relay) is the part of an automobile which relays a large electric current to the starter motor, which in turn sets the engine in motion. In many vehicles the solenoid also engages the starter pinion with the ring gear of the engine.
Are you hearing a clicking sound when you try to start your car. I suspect what you are really looking for is a starter solenoid.
A starter solenoid (or starter relay) is the part of an automobile which relays a large electric current to the starter motor, which in turn sets the engine in motion.In many vehicles the solenoid also engages the starter pinion with the ring gear of the engine.
Does the starting solenoid engages? This is would sound like a deep clunk on your starter. When the solenoid engages it close the contact that energize the starter motor, but a worn contact on the solenoid would result in it engaging but not having enough current to turn the engine resulting in a clunking noise when you try to start.
The starter solenoid gets its 12 volt from a relay. This is referred to as the starter relay. If you try to crank, and you hear only a click but the starter do not turn, then the contacts on the relay maybe worn.
To sum it up, if you hear a loud clunk when it dont crank, its the starter solenoid. If you hear just a click but no crank, it could be the starter relay.
Starter solenoid probably.
Sequence of Operation
NOTE: An overrunning clutch in the drive assembly protects the starter motor (11002) from excessive speeds during the brief period before the driver releases the ignition switch (11572) from the START position (as the engine (6007) starts).
The ignition switch is turned to the START position.
The starter solenoid (11390) is energized, creating a magnetic field in the solenoid coil.
The iron plunger core is drawn into the solenoid coil.
A drive lever and pin (11067) connected to the drive assembly engages the starter drive (11350) to the flywheel ring gear.
When the iron plunger core is all the way into the coil, its contact disc closes the circuit between the battery (10655) and the starter motor terminals.
The current flows to the starter motor, and the starter drive cranks the flywheel (6375) and the crankshaft (6303).
As current flows to the starter motor, the pull-in coil is bypassed.
The hold-in coil keeps the starter drive engaged with the flywheel.
The starter drive remains engaged until the ignition switch is released from the START position.