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When you jump the solenoid with two screw drivers and nothing happens, is that a bad starter or bad solenoid?

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SOURCE: 2002 Taurus won't start.

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 bronco will not start

Ford used alot of fuseable links, mostly around starter selenoid, look around for them and everyone you find try pulling them apart if there bad or burnt they will pull apart and there is your problem. If you don't find one burnt, than its got to be in the wire comming from the switch, heck there might be one of them fuseable links in that wire too.I never had to go that far to find a burnt one it was always around the selenoid or starter.

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SOURCE: 1995 subaru legacy with new starter and

A solenoid needs so much power to kick in.  I think your battery is getting old and not at full capacity.  Hove it check and replace if needed.

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How to replace starter solenoid , Suzuki 2010 sx4

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by jumping the starter indicates the starter is good. by jumping the starter here you have taken the solenoid out of the circuit and replaced it with the screw will have to check for power on the small terminal at the starter. if you have power the solenoid is bad. if you have no power then you will have to find the open from the starter back to the ignition switch.

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Heres a good test to test the solenoid and the starter, make sure the car is in park and turn the key on, using a screw driver jump the solenoid and see if it spins the engine or clicks, if you look at the solenoid you will see a small wire and the two connections for battery cables,locate the connection that the battery goes to ,the other big connection will be the cable to starter, take the battery connection and jump it to the small wire connection, if it clicks then you must have a bad starter or bad connection at the starter, also another test is to turn the headlights on and try to start the car while someone watches the lights, if the lights go out then you have a bad connection at battery or the ground to engine. start with these tests and let me know what happens, good luck.

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First troubleshoot. Have to tried jumping the car? Are the battery terminals clean and tight? If all this is good, you can try jumping the solenoid to see if the starter/solenoid is bad. I have posted procedures at

Please let me know if you have questions. If you decide the starter is bad, there are instructions here for replacing it:

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