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A screwdriver was used on the starter while the car was in the on position. Now that technique doesn't work.

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Your solonoild will need replacing

Posted on Aug 05, 2010

  • MS.BRENN Aug 05, 2010

    this very well could be the culprit. I'll try



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The solenoid on a starter receives voltage when you turn your ignition switch to the start position that tells it to activate the starter. When you use the screwdriver to start the car, you are basically bypassing the solenoid on the starter. Since the car won't start when you turn the key, this means that either the solenoid is bad and the starter needs to be replaced, or the solenoid is not getting the voltage from your ignition switch that tells it to engage the starter. You might be able to eliminate the ignition switch as the problem if you get somebody to hold the key in the start position while you check to see if there is voltage at the starter solenoid. If you have voltage there, the starter solenoid is most likely bad, and the starter needs to be replaced.

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Are you using a screwdriver because the ignition will not cause the starter motor to rotate? If so, there are a few reasons that can be:
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3) The clutch start switch is defective, or the wiring harness is not making a good connection ( in case you have a manual transmission). A similar switch is mounted on the automatic transmission to make sure the car is in park or neutral when starting.
4) There is also a 60 and 100 amp fuse between the battery and the ignition switch that could be defective.
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When you do use the screwdriver, are you putting the key in the "ON" position? This should start the car if the starter motor is in fact rotating.

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