How can I start a car with a bad starter solenoid?
When I try to start my car, all I hear is a single clicking noise. I know a bit about cars, so I think it’s the starter motor or solenoid. The car isn’t very old, so it’s hard for me to believe the starter motor is faulty. How can I start a car with a bad starter solenoid?
- Locate the starter solenoid under the hood. The solenoid will be on top of the starter motor. The starter motor is cylindrical. The solenoid will be a smaller cylinder on top of the starter motor and have two wires attached. If you’re having trouble, follow the positive (red) cable from your battery or consult the owner’s manual.
- Place the screwdriver across the two metal contacts located on the starter. Doing this bypasses the solenoid and directly connects the ignition switch and starter motor.
- Have your friend start the car while you hold the screwdriver across the contacts. Make sure you hold the insulated handle and remove the screwdriver as soon as the vehicle starts!