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Starter motor does not engage when turning on igniton

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If it clicks and doesn't spin its the starter. if you hear it spin and not turn over its the sileniod. most are built as one today .

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The problem was the battery. Insufficent charge to operate solenoid. Overnight charge of battery - Problem solved.
Thanks hwbiv for the clue.
Arni

Posted on Jul 18, 2010

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    would the car turn on if the selanoid was bad and i jumped the car?

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