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Starter problem or selenoid how to check?

It looks like i got a starter prob or selenoid is bad . this is what is going on i turn the key and i hear a click but starter will not turn i cleand the wires to make sure it was not coroded then tryed it again with no luck.

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First you should verify the battery is fully charged and the connections are good at the starter and battery. If that checks out check to make sure the big wire at the starter has 12v and also verify the the small wire (should be purple) has 12v when the ignition is turned to start. If that checks out it is time for a new starter.

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