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Q: New starter motor or solenoid

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I'm not sure if I need a new starter motor and/or solenoid.

Hi there. Depending on what your car is doing, the starter and solenoid can be tested with a starting system test. The test checks for appropriate amperage draw from the starter. Low batteries and loose connections can sometimes mimic bad starters. Now a days, it is sometimes difficult to get solenoids, so complete starters are usually replaced. If you need further assistance, I recommend you have a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, inspect for possible starting issues on your vehicle and replace any damaged parts.

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