How to Locate the Starter Solenoid?

Answer The starter solenoid is the component that sends electrical power to the starter. The starter is what cranks the vehicle when the ignition key is turned. Locating the solenoid requires knowing wher... Read More »

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How to Troubleshoot to Determine Whether a Starter or Starter Solenoid Is Not Working?

If you turn the ignition key in your automobile and all you hear is a clicking noise or the engine turning over very slowly, the issue could be the starter or the starter solenoid. Both cause issue... Read More »

How Do I Know If a Starter Solenoid or Starter Needs to Replaced?

For do-it-yourself mechanics, a vehicle that won't start is reason to immediately start running down the possible reasons and how they might be diagnosed. A vehicle's engine usually will not start ... Read More »

1989 jimmy starter making vacuum sound. When we jump the solenoid the starter makes only a whirling noise much like a vacuum cleaner. Any ideas on what is causing this?

IF you are jumping the right set of terminals, then: The solenoid is failing to 'push' the starter (pinion) into place and engaging the flywheel. The solenoid needs to be replaced, although the pin... Read More »

What is the starter solenoid?

You may never know what a starter solenoid is until you turn the key on your car and it does not start. This is typically how car owners find out what a starter solenoid is and how important it rea... Read More »