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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You may have a remotely mounted solenoid, which may be the problem.
Follow the positive lead from the battery. It will connect directly to the solenoid. If your solenoid is mounted to the starter ( small cylinder shaped device mounted to the starter ) then you may have gotten a bad unit and you'll need to test it. If that cable goes to a small box, then that is the solenoid and can be tested without removing. The remote solenoid will have the battery cable on one side and another large cable going to the starter, as well as one or two other small wires.. Use 2 old screwdrivers and place one on the starter side of the terminal and the other on the small terminal marked with an I.Touch the shafts together - there will be a large spark and, if the solenoid and starter are good, the starter will either turn over or the solenoid clicks .You can test it ( starter mounted solenoid ) by removing the starter assembly and using jumper cables. Connect the negative cable to the starter body and the positive cable to the terminal the battery wire goes to. You MUST secure the starter either by having somebody hold it tightly on the ground or by mounting it in a bench vice. Then connect the negative to the battery and TOUCH the positive cable to the positive post of the battery. If it clicks, then you may have either the ground strap issue or another short circuit that is robbing the power. Check both positive and negative cables from the battery by feeling the length of the cable for bumpiness and inspect the ends for corrosion.You could also have a bad ground strap ( braided, flat wire that goes from the motor to the firewall or chassis ) .
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Go under the car and have a helper hold the key in the start position while you probe the wire to the solenoid for 12 volts, also do a voltage test on the positive battery cable and inspect it at the battery for acid intrusion near the positive battery post clamp, if acid has gotten into the cable the outer insulation will appear swollen and the cable must be replaced, this is a common cause of no starts on Explorers.
The clicking noise is probably the starter solenoid. It sits on top of the starter. It has two large terminals, one from the battery and one to the starter. Jump these with a large screwdriver, make sure the car is in neutral or park and the ingition is off. If the starter turns then the solenoid is faulty.
it sounds like your starter soleniod was stuck on ,the sound you heard was the starter being driven by the flywheel.you may have two starter solenoids one on the starter which looks like a chevy and you may have one on the firewall or fender closest to the battery.you can use a test light to find out which solenoid is not working.you may have to remove the start and bench test the starter.
you need to find the starter solenoid and jump the two largest posrs with booster cables .if it canks repace the starter.if all your hearing now is a clicking sound you need to jump power to the solenoids start wire,a push on wire on the smaller post of the solenoid ,if it cranks replace the solenoid.if neither makes it crank,repair the grounrd cable or remove the starter and remove the rust from the nose cone and the mounting point.