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Most of the time your starter or solenoid, the switch that supplies the high electrical current to the starter, will give you advance notice that it is time to be replaced. The tell-tale warning signs are slow engine cranking, a starter that takes several attempts with the key to engage, or a clashing sound as the starter engages. If you ignore these signs, you may be stranded at the worst possible time.
Advance Auto Parts has a full-line of replacement solenoids and car starters including high-torque models for tough-starting conditions, along with plenty of other quality auto parts.
When to change your car starter and starter solenoid:
Some auto starters have solenoids that are attached to the starter, while others have solenoids located in a remote location. Solenoids that are attached to the starter should always be replaced with the starter. Remote solenoids should also be replaced when the starter is replaced.
If the solenoid is receiving full power from the ignition switch, but doesn’t click when you turn the key, then the solenoid needs replacing. Car starters that crank slowly, won’t crank at all or fail to engage need to be replaced.
What equipment you’ll need to change a car starter and starter solenoid:
Do-it-yourself difficulty guide for replacing auto starters and starter solenoids:
EASY AVERAGE ADVANCED
Estimated time required - 1 - 2 hours
Save money by changing your own car starter & starter solenoid. Here’s how to do it.
The average do-it-yourselfer can change a starter and solenoid and save a hefty repair bill. Get a repair manual dedicated to your vehicle before attempting this repair.
Connect the negative battery cable and test starter by quickly turning the ignition key and releasing it. If the starter cranks the engine and releases, you’re done.
Head to Advance Auto Parts for quality auto parts on all your vehicle maintenance jobs – like changing a car starter and starter solenoid.