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How do i know if starter mounted solenoid is bad?

Battery and cables and starter good but starts itemitently... starts at home have to turn key on and off for dash to light up then start. but get click sound and dash lights go out then start over till it starts

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Check the ground wire and landed this good aprienta battery terminals well

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They can be bench tested. This part is relatively inexpensive. Clicking coming from it usually means it`s gone out. Check the ground wire as well, make sure all connections are secure.

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if you notice this van should have a statrer solenoid on the fender as well as on the starter, clean the body of the solenoid on the fender area and make sure that the ground cable is secure and tight do not wiggle which is just making it loose if it is so go under the vehicle and make sure that the cable is tight

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all I had to do on a sable was to replace the belt but look at the battery there should be a wire coming from the battery going to another solenoid mounted under the hood and then going down to the starter get a 12 volt tester and see if you have power going to this solenoid cause it could be dead on one end and not going down to the starter

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SOURCE: 1987 F150 302 ci. EFI, Automatic,

try over riding the starter relay on the fender ,it has one there right?. dont go to a mechanic yet. the engine aint seized. if it doesnt have this relay then i would get the alternator tested. if you want to test it yourself it can be costly for the right equip. autozone usually tests for free. i dont know were you live so if theres not an autozone. let me know if you cant get it tested.

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I have the same problem. I am half way through. I removed the starter but don't think that is it. The van always starts when jumped. The driving lights, clock, and radio work even though the key is not in the ignition. Something must not be disengaging and drains the battery in a few hours as if the key is on!!

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SOURCE: starter relay clicks when you turn ignition key on

I would think bad starter. Remove it and have it tested to find out. It could also be the starter solenoid gone bad.

Posted on Jun 21, 2009

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M 1988 Ford F-150 truck wont start. I just get a single faint click noise from the starter area plus when I turn the key to the run position the cables and solenoid get extremely hot.


My thought is why the cables get so hot when you just turn the key to run. It makes me think you may have a short. The cable you said might be touching the header can you get a piece of rubber or plastic between the possible connection. I have had cables be bad before I do not remember them being hot but if enough broke wires were arcing in the cable I guess it could cause the cable to be hot but I only see that when you try to crank the truck.

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My 2010 Dodge Avenger R/T won't start !! the battery is new . I scrubbed the corrosion off. everything is pretty tight . and it also has a new starter. when I try turning the car on, it makes no noise or...


You may have a remotely mounted solenoid, which may be the problem.
Follow the positive lead from the battery. It will connect directly to the solenoid. If your solenoid is mounted to the starter ( small cylinder shaped device mounted to the starter ) then you may have gotten a bad unit and you'll need to test it. If that cable goes to a small box, then that is the solenoid and can be tested without removing. The remote solenoid will have the battery cable on one side and another large cable going to the starter, as well as one or two other small wires.. Use 2 old screwdrivers and place one on the starter side of the terminal and the other on the small terminal marked with an I.Touch the shafts together - there will be a large spark and, if the solenoid and starter are good, the starter will either turn over or the solenoid clicks .You can test it ( starter mounted solenoid ) by removing the starter assembly and using jumper cables. Connect the negative cable to the starter body and the positive cable to the terminal the battery wire goes to. You MUST secure the starter either by having somebody hold it tightly on the ground or by mounting it in a bench vice. Then connect the negative to the battery and TOUCH the positive cable to the positive post of the battery. If it clicks, then you may have either the ground strap issue or another short circuit that is robbing the power. Check both positive and negative cables from the battery by feeling the length of the cable for bumpiness and inspect the ends for corrosion.You could also have a bad ground strap ( braided, flat wire that goes from the motor to the firewall or chassis ) .
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Won't start. won't even crank when key turned.


no cranks, (A/T or M/T?)(
battery lugs cleaned?
Key turned on , CEL glows in dash, Check engine light>? yes, good.
does car crank jumper cable started.??????
if yes, your battery is bad or discharged, (good batteries can just be discharged, discharged dont make them bad, only dead or weak)
if ,jumper fails, to crank it fast.
then hot wire the solenoid (on side of starter caseing)
key in pocket, '
jump the big lug to the very tiny lug on the solenoid
cranks , not? bad starter
yes cranks but dont run, good, key is in pocket for safety, this is normal
but the KEY line is dead.
bad PRNDL switch
see the tricks section here

http://www.fixkick.com/nocrank.html#tricks

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Engine won't start turn


no crank
1: battery dead, not charged. does it jump crank?
2: bad battery (corroded clean em) cables lugs. (4 ends)
3: bad starter /solenoid, assembly
4: engine seized, (turn it by hand you cant?)
5: bad key line, (from key switch to PRNDL to stater , no connections)

jump start it, if passed test, battery bad/discharged , and if fail?
you then (battery is good)
hot wire the starter solenoid, keys in pockets
fail? yes, bad starter, seized engine. turn by hand , now you know.
if passes hot wire test, bad key line. (tiny wire)

easy huh?

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Car won't start, new battery, lights are good, no dimming...I turn the key and it doesn't even click...ignition relay/switch maybe?


If I understand your question correctly, the car won't turn over (engine won't crank). While it's possible that the starter relay may be bad, the first place I'd look is the starter solenoid. If you follow the positive battery cable away from the battery, it should lead you to the starter solenoid, which is mounted on the starter itself (you may have to crawl under the passenger side of the car to locate it). The cable from the battery attaches to one large terminal on the solenoid, while a very short cable leading into the starter attaches to the other large terminal. Using a screwdriver with an insulate handle, momentarily bridge or jumper between the two large terminals being careful to not touch the screwdriver to starter or solenoid casings. If the starter momentarily engages when you do this, look at the starter relay as the culprit. If nothing happens when you jumper the two large terminals, the starter solenoid is faulty. This is a picture of the starter with solenoid so you know what you're looking for.

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2003 ford explorer wont start hear a click under the hood, i tried to jump it and it wont start. do u think it needs a starter?


Go under the car and have a helper hold the key in the start position while you probe the wire to the solenoid for 12 volts, also do a voltage test on the positive battery cable and inspect it at the battery for acid intrusion near the positive battery post clamp, if acid has gotten into the cable the outer insulation will appear swollen and the cable must be replaced, this is a common cause of no starts on Explorers.

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My car wont crank, replaced solinoid and starter tested good, and battery is good, but when i turn key will not crank, just clicks.


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You may have bad solenoid, starter/battery/solenoid connections, or gound.

Check voltage at starter solenoid when somebody turns key to start. That is where the starter switch, or relay, sends the voltage to pull in the solenoid coil through small wire. I think the solenoid is on the starter for this car, but it may be separate. Autozone has an excellent web site with car-specific repair guides and instructions. You should see 12V at solenoid every time the key is turned to start.

Check big power cable to starter that runs direct from the battery for tight connections. If you have a separate solenoid, then another big cable runs from it to starter. A loose or bad connection could be the culprit. Also check starter mount bolts. They need to be tight for a good solid electrical ground. You also need good ground from frame to engine. Its a long shot, but sometimes the ground straps come loose or burn. You can easily check this by measuring resistance between engine block and negative battery terminal. It should be zero or darn near zero (less than 1 ohm ?).

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I Starting problem...


if you notice this van should have a statrer solenoid on the fender as well as on the starter, clean the body of the solenoid on the fender area and make sure that the ground cable is secure and tight do not wiggle which is just making it loose if it is so go under the vehicle and make sure that the cable is tight

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