How to Locate the Starter Solenoid

by Gregory Crews

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 where the starter is mounted. Troubleshooting a faulty ignition system will often lead to a bad solenoid. Replacing or repairing the solenoid will require removing the starter. Raising the vehicle will provide easy access to the starter.

Park the car on a flat, level surface. Ensure the parking brake is set. Chock the back wheel to prevent the car from rolling back.

Open the hood to access the engine compartment. Disconnect the positive lead from the battery. Unbolt the cable from the terminal with a socket wrench and pull off the terminal.

Raise the vehicle up from the front by placing a jack under the front crossmember. Raise the vehicle high enough to slide two jack stands under the vehicle's frame rails. Lower the car on to the jack stands.

Follow the positive cable to where it is mounted. The positive cable is mounted to the starter solenoid. The starter solenoid is located on the starter. Depending on the vehicle and the type of starter, the solenoid may be on top and in some cases it is at the end of the starter. The positive cable is always connected to the starter.

Locate the starter solenoid by locating the starter. The starter is mounted between the engine and the transmission. The solenoid is mounted to the starter.

Tip

  • check Tracing the positive cable will always lead to the starter.

Warning

  • close Use caution when working around the car's electrical system. Ensure the battery is disconnected to isolate the electrical power.

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About the Author

Gregory Crews has been in the film industry for three years and has appeared in more than 38 major motion pictures and 16 television shows. He also writes detailed automotive tutorials. His expertise in the automotive industry has given him the skills to write detailed technical instructional articles.

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