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Solenoid how do i know if the solenoid is not working. i replaced the starter. it just clicks when i try to start it.

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Use a screwdriver and cross over the large post to the small post on the side with the wire that runs to the starter.

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I only hearaclick when I try to start it

if the click you hear is near or at the starter this sounds like the starter solenoid is not working properly.the clicking sound is the solenoid trying to make contact to transfer the voltage through the solenoid to allow the battery voltage to the starter can change the solenoid itself but i would suggest replacing the whole starter motor as it comes with a new solenoid,and the starter that is on it will most likely stop working shortly and you will have to replace it anyway.

Apr 14, 2011 | 2000 Chrysler Town & Country

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I have a 96 Dodge Intrepid and it wil not start. it clicks when you try to start it. All of the lights in the car are on. the battery has been charged. it cut off on me a few days ago and i thought i...

solenoid clicking, troubleshooting steps: Run 3 tests to troubleshoot.

1. try to jump start at battery terminals
2. unhook the jumpers and try to jump the solenoid following procedures at (see picture there--make sure car is in park or neutral)
3. Only if #1 and #2 fail to crank the engine, smack the starter motor (not the solenoid) with a hammer and then try to start.

Based on results of above tests, here are solution options:

If smacking the starter is the only test that worked, you have a dead spot on the starter commutator--replace the starter.

If it will jump start but will not crank by jumping the solenoid, check to make sure the battery terminals are clean and tight.

If it will not jump start and will not crank even by jumping the solenoid, the problem is either the cable to the starter or the starter/solenoid itself.
check the big red wire that goes from the battery to the starter and make sure it is strong and tight at both ends. If that is good, replace the starter/solenoid.

If it will not jump start but will crank when the solenoid is jumped, the problem is with the start circuit not getting sufficient current to the solenoid. This usually only happens when there is a separate starter relay (in the engine compartment relay box) that is worn out. Replace the starter relay.

Please let me know if you have questions.

Oct 17, 2010 | 1996 Dodge Intrepid

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2002 dodge durango....strong corrosion....I turn the key and get one click and that is it. Is it the starter itself?

maybe. Try jumping the car. If it jumps ok, make sure battery terminals are tight.
If it doesn't jump, either the starter or solenoid is bad.
Often times, you cannot buy a solenoid separate from the starter anyway, so you may just want to buy both and avoid additional troubleshooting steps.
If you want to troubleshoot further, try smacking the starter with a hammer and then try starting. If that works, the starter is bad and the solenoid is good.
If that doesn't work, you can try jumping the hot terminal on the solenoid to the start terminal to verify the solenoid is clicking. For details on doing that, please see my tip at .
If the solenoid is clicking, the starter is bad.

If you have more questions, please let me know.

Oct 06, 2010 | 2002 Dodge Durango

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Wont turn over. no crank, starter clicks, no dead battery. replaced the relay.

this problem is caused by burnt battery contacts inside the starter solenoid that power the starter motor, either remove the starter and rebuild the solenoid or replace it or the whole starter, the starter solenoid is mounted directly to the starter. You can easily replace the contacts, they are avail on ebay for around $10
Remember ALWAYS disconnect the battery Negative cable befor u start work

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I have a 1993 lexus gs300 it starts and doesn't start when it don't start it just clicks u can jump it but it just clicks then sometimes it just starts right up alternator battery and starer all read good...

My guess would be intermittent solenoid or starter with dead spots. You can try hitting the starter with a hammer when it clicks. That should knock it off a dead spot and verify the dead spot theory. Let us know if you have more questions.

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98 Jeep Grand Cherokee - will not start - starter solenoid clicks once when engaged but starter will not turn engine - plenty of voltage (14V with jumper cables connected) going to solenoid - with screw...

The starter is bad. Solenoid is good, the starter itself is bad. You can remove it and take it to Schuck's/Chief's/Kragen/NAPA, they will test it for FREE. You can't beat free!!!

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I have a 1999 dodge avenger it want start

When you had the starter checked did you check the solenoid on the starter? If you can find a way to get to it, try using something hard to tap your solenoid and then try starting it. If that doesn't work try tapping the solenoid and starter while someone else turns the key. The starter may be good but the solenoid could be stuck inside. Hope this helps let me know how it goes. Good luck!

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