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Starter or solenoid?

Is there a test that i can do to tell if it is the starter itself or the solenoid or something else???

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You can hook a push button switch to the solonoid and starter and see if you can manually engage the starter. This will tell you if the solonoid is bad or not. You can remove the starter and bench test it on the floor with jumper cables to test starter. It'll either spin or it won't. Let's hope it does.

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