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Cant find fender, or firewall mounted starting solenoid

Car not starting.  battery is good, fuses are good.  i tested the starter and starter mounted solenoid. was told there is a second solenoid located in either the fender well or firewall. i cant find it.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    there is only one solenoid and that is on the starter, this is a Nissan not a Ford product, Ford just puts there name on the grille.. U asked this question once before correct?



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Follow the thick wire from the starter's solenoid, back to the battery, if there is a unit with 2 connections (inline with the wire) then thats the second solenoid.

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