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I have tried to tap on the starter and its still not turning over. Any suggestions? Is there a place i should tap on the starter?

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CHECK FOR BATTERY VOLTAGE FIRST.YOU SHOULD HAVE 12.5 VOLTS AT BATTERY.IF BATTERY GOOD CABLES OR CLEAN FREE FROM COROSION AND TIGHT.REMOVE STARTER AND SOLENOID TAKE IT TO AUTO ZONE OR ADVANCE THEY WILL CHECK IT FREE.IF STARTER GOOD.COULD HAVE BAD BATTERY CABLES AND CHECK FOR BLOWED STARTER FUSE.ALSO TURN OFF RADIO FIRST DUE TO LOCKOUT FEATURE BEFORE REMOVING NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE.

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Actually...tapping it sometimes needs to turn into wacking it. Seriously.....

Also, to check and see if it is faulty, you can "clack it" with a screwdriver....meaning, touching the screwdriver from the frame to the solenoid at the same time. If it starts...then your starter solenoid is bad.

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The starter solenoid contacts are burned, replace the starter.

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