When this happens it is most likely the solenoid sticking in the starter
itself. The solenoid has 2 jobs: it whacks a couple of heavy contacts
to-gether to pass the massive starter current required from the battery and
to push the drive pinion-gear into mesh with the engine ring-gear for
After long service, debris and gunk collect around the solenoid plunger
(armature) and can cause sticking or the 2 contacts have welded to-gether.
In either case, you need an exchange repacement unit.
It is laso possible, the low-current switching circuit has applied a
constant 'start' voltage (signal) to the starter. To test for this, remove
the thinner wire from the starter-motor's body,..then put your battery clamp
back. If it is OK,..plug the small wire back in its connector. If the
starter starts cranking, there is a fault in the ciruit between the
ignition-key switch and the small wire we speak of. If it doesn't crank, the
fault has cleared,..in which case you need to have a stab in the dark by
checking the starter condition first.
Well I whacked the starter about 5 timed with wood and a hammer. I went to
start, and it started without a problem. I should proboably get a few
more starts out of it. I really don't feel like putting any in this car
because it has 285,000 miles on it. Thanks
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