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Wont turn over

Starter whining when turned off. Starter 6 mos. old. Solenoid bad possible? Thank You

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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.

Posted on Jan 01, 2014

Testimonial: "Thank You, I have to get it in the parking lot in a bit. Just hope the starter didn't fry. I took positive battery cable off and it stopped whining. Will see, Thanks again, Scott."

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SOURCE: Starter Gone Bad -OR- Solenoid Gone Bad?

I would say it's the solenoid for sure!! Easy fix!!

Nice CAR!!!!

Posted on Feb 03, 2010

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