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Replace the Bendix spring or replace the starter.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015

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If you or a friend are handy with things mechanical...get on line, perhaps ebay motors and look up a solenoid rebuild kit. Remove starter, separate solenoid from starter body. Pay attention to order of disassembly. Install 2 contacts one opposite the other. Plunger goes right in the middle. By simply looking at parts in the bag, it will be obvious what goes where. Installation is reverse of removal. Obviously, remove negative battery terminal before doing anything....PHB

Posted on Jan 07, 2009

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SOURCE: i think the solinoid is bad ,it wont engage into

it's 1 of those jobs that you probably want a mechanic to do unless you can see your starter
f it hangs off the back of the motor then have a mechanic change it as the exhaust is probaby right over top of it abd it has to go downwards and can only be accessed from the botom
if it is on the front of your motor then disconect the baterie and look for 2-3 nolts then hold the starter to the motor or trany
after you remove te\he bolts remove the wires dont be afraid to make a diagram of the wires
heck use masking takpe and tie the wires that go together together and mark them usualy ther are 2 terminals 1 for main power and 1 for the starter circut and the starter circut is usualt red and a lighter guage wire

Posted on Aug 03, 2009

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