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Starter just clicks, battery hot,when turning key some times the starter will work. i suspect starter solenoid?

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Yes your right its the soleniod, might need the wires cleaning up that connect to the starter motor sometimes they go rusty so the connection is not good enough, worth cleaning before you replace it.

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