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I need to find the starter in a 96 nissan sentra and supply direct power to the solenoid to confirm that the ignitio switch is bad. who where is the starter and which wire do i supply the power to?

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  • ca_sentra Feb 24, 2009

    I have had intermittent starting problems for a while. Sometimes the car will start right away. Most of the time, it takes about 3 or more times to turn the car over. I always hear the click of solenoid, but lately in the cold and damp weather I do not hear the click. I usually have to wait a while for it to start. I'm pretty sure it's the solenoid switch, but from what I remember, the starter is in a pretty tight spot underneath and behind the engine. Does anyone know how difficult it is to get to the starter?

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Use a screwdriver with an INSULATED HANDLE ,reach up to the strater soleniod with the end and cross the 2 posts that hold the wires on , this creates a circuit just like turning the key ,if the starter turns when you cross the posts then the starter is fine and your problem is elsewhere , if it sparks but doesnt turn then the starter is bad , can test this by tapping solidly on the starter casing and then turning key , a bad starter will typically turn over a few times after striking it , if it works after tapping the starter casing solidly with a hammer or rod then the starter is bad . if you cross the posts and there is no SPARK then you have no power to solenoid and that can be many things , cables ,relays ,ignition etc.

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It is on the back side of the engine tucked up on the motor.not easy to get to!

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the starter is usually in front or back of engine. but always mounted next to the trans. to jump starter you have to apply voltage to small terminal, thats the ignition lead.

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