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Turn key and ampmeter goes down but that is all. Starter? Solenoid?

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To find the Solenoid, follow the plus (+) cable from the battery. The other end will connect to the Solenoid. By the way, if you want to test your battery or ignition switch you can touch a piece of metal to both of the terminals on the Solenoid. Be careful of sparks. You could also disconnect the battery wire from the Solenoid and touch it to the other terminal on the Solenoid (which goes to the starter) If the battery is ok this will make the starter turn over even if the key is turned off. If turning the key is not causing the starter to operate, you could turn on the key and start the engine using the two methods I described above. The Solenoid is just a device to make a connection from the battery to the starter.
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Goes to show how common the problem is. Hope it helps.

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