"BOB URZ" wrote:
My starter on my 1996 s10 2.2 auto has been starting to act strange.
it turns over the truck fast when it works. When it does not, it either
does not kick in and does spin or will kick in for a second or so and
kick out before the motor starts. Can the solenoids on these starters
be repaired? maybe lubed or adjusted? Anyone run into this?
It seem like the solenoid is not holding in the gear sufficiently.
If an S10 starter is built like the GM starters I have seen, it has a
solenoid attached directly to the starter. The solenoid makes
the high-current connection to run the starter, and it also provides
the power to shove the starter pinion gear into the flywheel gear.
The problem described could be caused by a defective solenoid.
It is cheap and easy to replace with the starter out of the car.
The problem could be caused by a poor starter cable connection.
Clean and tighten all connections.
The problem could also be caused by a defective ignition switch
which is intermittent in the start position, or even a defective
neutral interlock switch. Check these switches first.