Lexus LS400 starter problem

Does anyone know how to check if the starter,the sylanoid, or the relay is bad without going to the dealer? I have a '94 Lexus LS400...thanks!

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Put a volt meter or test light on the positive terminal of the starter. If you get 12 volts or the test light illuminates, then you have power to the starter and the relay is good.
Take a battery jumper cable and apply 12 volts to the starter and see if it engages, If it does, the starter and solenoid are good. The solenoid is part of the starter. If it does not, then the starter is probably bad. Be sure to keep clear of the fan and fan belts.
Take a thinner wire and apply 12 volts to the control side of the relay see if the relay clicks. If it does, it is good, if it does not, it is probably bad.
Or, try a place like Sears. Sometimes they do a basis starting system check for free or very low cost.
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On Sun, 18 Sep 2005 23:52:09 -0500, Ray O wrote:

Jump Relay. If starter only 'clicks', then it probably needs contacts. Ten bucks for the parts, but the intake comes off to get to the starter. New Lexus starters are not cheap.
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