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Starter or solenoid only

91 lincoln lsc not starting clicking noise at solenoid mounted on firewall i had spark come from there once before when it wouldn't start tightened the bolts and it started my battery is good had it checked and it has new terminals i am just a poor female and hope to fix this myself How do i know its the solenoid and not the starter itself Please keep in mind i have no testers and limited tools Thank You

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If you here click when trying to start a somewhat strong click then the solenoid is good check cable on side going to starter if tight starter would be the problem.

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  2. Connect all wiring to the starter solenoid and tighten the nuts.
  3. Lower the vehicle.
  4. Connect the negative battery cable.

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