Choosing the Right Starter Solenoid
When your vehicle fails to start properly, you immediately blame either your starter or the car battery. But at times, it's the starter solenoid that's to blame for your ride's startup issues. It's basically a large relay that's connected either on the starter itself, or somewhere near it, and is basically responsible for delivering a large amount of current from the car battery straight to the starter itself. You won't have any problems when it comes to choosing the right starter solenoid for your vehicle, as these are relatively simple parts and are easily available in most automotive aftermarket parts stores online.
Types of starter solenoids
It's pretty easy to determine what type of starter solenoid you have in your vehicle, you simply have to check where they're located. One type of starter solenoid is directly attached to the starter while the other is kind is usually found outside the body panel, near your car battery. You should check your car's manual as it would have details about the type of starter solenoid that it's using, so you'll also have a visual guide when locating them during removal and installation work.
How much will it cost to replace one?
Starter solenoids are relatively inexpensive components, regardless of which type you have on your vehicle. Prices should start as low as $20 and should not exceed past $100 or more. Prices vary depending on your car's make and model, as you'll need a more powerful starter for larger vehicle classes, and this means you'll need a stronger starter solenoid as well. Look for brands that offer warranties that extend to 90-days or more, so you'll have something fall back on in case the starter solenoid burns out. But other than that, you should generally just stick with an OEM replacement that was made specifically for your vehicle, so you won't have any problems installing them on your own.
Having Engine Startup Problems? Install a New Starter Solenoid
We've all been in a situation where we are already running late for some important meeting and all of a sudden, our car won't start. One of the parts that you'll need to check to solve this problem will be you vehicle's starter solenoid. It's basically a high-current switch that connects your car battery to the starter motor, and is commonly found on top of the starter itself or near the car battery. You won't need to hire a mechanic to replace this particular component since all you'll need will be some basic tools and you'll have this fixed in less than an hour.
Difficulty level: Moderate
Things you'll need
- Ratchet and socket set
- Jack and jack stands
- Brand new starter solenoid
If your starter solenoid is mounted away from the starter
Step 1: Open your car's hood and locate the starter solenoid near your car's battery by following the positive battery cable until you find it.
Step 2: Once you've found your starter solenoid, you should then disconnect the negative cable from your battery.
Step 3: Next, you should disconnect all of the cables and wires that are connected to your starter solenoid using a wrench or appropriate tool. We advise you to take note of the location of each cable and wire on your old solenoid, so you could reconnect them properly later on your replacement component.
Step 4: After you have removed all the wires, you should then loosen the mounting bolts on the starter solenoid and carefully remove it from its place.
Step 5: Install your new starter solenoid by securing it into its mount and reconnecting all of the cables and wires properly.
Step 6: Finally, you should reconnect your car's negative battery cable and start your vehicle to check that it is turning on properly.
If your starter solenoid is on the starter itself
Step 1: Some vehicles will have the starter solenoid mounted on the starter itself, so you'll need to mount your car securely on a couple of jack stands so you could remove the starter motor.
Step 2: Once you have secured your vehicle on jack stands, you'll need to disconnect the negative cable from your car's battery.
Step 3: Next, you'll need to remove the cables and wires that are connected to your starter solenoid and motor. Again, we advise you to note down all of the connections so that you could reconnect the cables and wires properly later on.
Step 4: You would then need to remove the mounting bolts on the starter and carefully take it out from its place.
Step 5: From here, you'll need to unscrew the starter solenoid from the starter motor and fit in an aftermarket component in its place.
Step 6: After you have replaced the starter solenoid, you'll simply need to reinstall everything back into place. Make sure that you've connected all of the cables and wires properly before you reattach the negative cable on your car battery.
Step 7: Start your vehicle's engine to check that everything is working smoothly. If all goes well, then simply lower your car back on the ground and you're done.