Trobleshoot and fix A Vehicle Starter

It's not elementary to troubleshoot your vehivle problems on the contrary it is a skilled fancy to comprehend what is bum with your motorcar before bringing it in to a mechanic. Plus, you can save resources provided you can repair the crunch yourself.


1. Turn your headlights on to inspect how burnished the lights are, or whether the lights much come on. This is a acceptable proof to detect provided your battery is fully charged. Provided your lights come on and seem of natural brightness, the battery is not an nut.

2. Trial your battery with a voltmeter by putting it across the terminals. Provided the battery is fully charged it Testament glance at, 12.5 volts and a dead battery Testament peruse less than 11.8 volts.

3. Analog watch for dimming of the fool lights when you derivation the machine. Whether they dim, then your ignition switch is working properly.

4. Bonanza the solenoid and Stare at the back of it for two big post electrical connectors. Ask someone to turn the key to start. If the measurement is not "12v" on the voltmeter, the solenoid is not activating and it is not sending power to the starter, your solenoid is defective. Remove the solenoid and have it rebuilt.

This will connect the battery to the starter motor, without using the solenoid. The starter motor should spin but will not start the engine. If it doesn't spin or it sounds bad, you will have to rebuild it.

6. Return the transmission to neutral and put the parking brake on. Behind the solenoid, you will again see the two post terminals. Look for a heavy braided wire connected to the solenoid and the starter motor. Touch the positive lead of your voltmeter to the braided wire and ground the negative lead. Put your transmission in neutral and your parking brake on.5. Take the rubber handle of a pair of insulated pliers, and drag them across the two big post terminals. You will see sparks, but hold the tool in place until you get a good connection.