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I had clicking noise on solenoid when trying to start so i changed it and still have noise. how do i test the starter?

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Hi,
Take a pair of jumper cables ( assuming you have a good battery)
hook them up to the battery take Black (Ground)to the frame and touch the Red ( hot) to the terminal directly on the starter itself.
This terminal will be where the thick red wire attaches to the starter. If the starter is good it will spin.
Best Wishes,
Wayne

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You need to have a current tester to make sure. If you don't have one, you can buy a cheap one for less than $10 that will get the job done.
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