Where is the starter solenoid located on a 1995 cavalier... there was one part straight down when i looked in the engine...it had wire coming from it ..attached to the battery..but it wasn't that big of a part and thought starters...were bigger than that...and also how do you tell if it's one problem or the other....w/ out disconnecting the neg,from the battery and taking out the starter...thanks STEVE FROM MD.
Re: where is the starter solenoid located on a 1995
Sounds like you were looking at the solenoid. It is attached to the starter. It has the postive lead from the battery attached to it. It makes the starter engage and start the car. If it is faulty it may not engage and you just get a whinning noise. If it is not the solenoid/starter then you may have a flat spot on the flywheel.
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It sounds like the starter solenoid is bad which if I remember correctly my 1991 Cavalier had the solenoid on the starter.I suggest taking off the starter and having it tested.Most auto parts chains(Pep boys,Autozone)will test your starter for free.I this car is equiped with a seperate starter relay this may also be the problem
Section 03-06: Starting System
1996 Taurus, Sable Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION
WARNING: WHEN SERVICING STARTER MOTOR (11002) OR PERFORMING ANY MAINTENANCE IN THE AREA OF THE STARTER MOTOR, NOTE THAT THE HEAVY GAUGE INPUT LEAD CONNECTED TO THE STARTER SOLENOID (11390) IS HOT AT ALL TIMES. MAKE SURE THE PROTECTIVE CAP IS INSTALLED OVER THE TERMINAL AND IS REPLACED AFTER SERVICE.
Disconnect the battery ground cable (14301). Refer to Section 14-01 .
Raise the vehicle on a hoist. Refer to Section 00-02 .
CAUTION: When disconnecting hardshell connector of the engine control sensor wiring (12A581) at S-terminal, grasp the plastic shell and pull off. Do not pull on wire. Be careful to pull straight off to prevent damage to the connector and S-terminal. If any part of the connection is damaged, replace the damaged components.
Disconnect engine control sensor wiring and starter battery cable from starter solenoid.
Do you hear any click when you turn the key to start? If you don't that means your starter solenoid is not being energized and therefore no complete circuit for the starter motor. If you hear a click but no cranking then the starter motor is probably NG. The best thing you can do to verify exactly what is wrong is to remove the starter, (the solenoid is mounted on the starter) and take it to a place like Auto Zone where they can check out the operation of solenoid and/or starter. Be sure you disconnect the ground lead (that's the negative lead that connects to the frame/engine) before you attempt to remove the starter.
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