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Solenoid starter problems

Replaced solenoid at first the car will start.. then it won;t.. Or the starter will stick on and have to pull the battery calbe off to shut it down?.Have tapped on the starter and that doesn't work..It has something to do with the starter solenoid..Have actually tried 3 different solenoids

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Sometimes is better to replace the entire starter and not just the solenoid that way they are usually under a lifetime warranty and you can just exchange them. it does sound like you have gotten faulty solenoids though.

Posted on May 20, 2009

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