starters can be an elusive thing, for the longest time a jump (giving it
14.4 instead of ~12.5v ) would do the trick to get mine started when it
wouldn't, which was only after driving..cold it was fine, warm it would act
like a dead battery, even though I had over 12v..
broke down and replaced the starter with a prayer, works great to this day..
If yours didn't start to turn over when the solenoid was shorted, it was a
sure indication that the problem WASN'T the solenoid. The starter solenoid
is a switch that does with a solenoid what you did with the screwdriver.
You either have a bad connection at the battery or starter, or the starter
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