WHICH IS BAD, THE STARTER OR SOLENOID?

1998 Chevrolet Cavalier

Tiny

matt073

May, 18, 2012 AT 5:47 PM

When starting the car, sometimes there is a 'zing' sound and it does not start. Try it again, and it starts. It does not tick (battery). It does not grind. It does not clunk or bang. It does not sound like it is stressed or struggling to spin.

I figure the solenoid is not kicking out the gear, but wanted to check. Thanks.

Matt

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5 Answers

Tiny

fixitmr

May, 18, 2012 AT 5:59 PM

Either that or the gearclutch is failng.

Tiny

Wrenchtech

May, 18, 2012 AT 6:20 PM

It wouldn't matter. You would be replace the whole starter anyway.

Tiny

matt073

May, 18, 2012 AT 6:37 PM

What is the gearclutch? It is not in the diagram I looked at.

What do you mean it wouldn't matter? The solenoid is available by itself. Why change both if only the solenoid is the problem.$35 vs $130.

Tiny

Wrenchtech

May, 18, 2012 AT 6:41 PM

Because you'll end up changing the starter very shortly after and now you wasted a solenoid. You won't save much doing that anyway.

Tiny

fixitmr

May, 21, 2012 AT 7:52 PM

The three common failures of starter are gearclutch, brushes, and solenoid contacts. You use to be able to buy all these parts seperately. Not anymore. Unless you have a rebuild/electrical auto shop in your area and they sell parts.

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