Here is a quick video on how to test a Starter and Solenoid assembly, using just a screwdriver, jumper wires and a 12v battery. Not the most scientific test but its a good DIY test you can perform before you go out and by a replacement starter for your car.

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    • ernesto del castillo
      ernesto del castillo

      There something else that its needed to add. In this test your battery can explode! It happened to me long time ago.

      about 1 month ago
    • WILSON!

      I tried this and got zapped. Can you please provide me with your address so that I can file appropriate suit? Thanks, man.

      about 1 month ago
    • Martin Edwards
      Martin Edwards

      Thanks bro your video was very helpful

      about 2 months ago
    • Mark Evans
      Mark Evans

      He got lovely black hair 😜

      about 2 months ago
    • John R Hancock
      John R Hancock

      Thank you this is very helpful

      about 3 months ago
    • Nasser

      Good video πŸ‘

      about 3 months ago
    • Sermet Shaja
      Sermet Shaja

      Very good video.
      Easy to understand and follow.
      Thank you

      about 3 months ago
    • Oliver Preisz
      Oliver Preisz


      I like your videos! I just took off the starter from my 2003 XC90 Diesel. The car had a hard time to start and stalled/cut out the starting. Other than that runs good. The starter motor and the solenoid worked in the test. I cleaned the conectors and put it back. I think my battery is crap. its was made 4 years ago. what else can it be?

      Happy new year!

      Best regards,

      about 3 months ago
    • Ryan Atwood
      Ryan Atwood

      Huge help thank you πŸ‘

      about 3 months ago
    • Stacy Park
      Stacy Park

      i just installed a new starter to my 4 runner it started one time and after that nothing just one click. also just put in ignition switch and relay . retested the starter . Ive checked every thing any ideas. HELP

      about 3 months ago
    • nathaniel holder
      nathaniel holder

      How do I connect the the cable from the starter to the solenoid post?

      about 4 months ago
    • str8 hood
      str8 hood

      I did this test on my starter and nothing happened. The gear didn't spin or engage. This actually drained my test battery down some from about 13v to 11.5v I was able to see this since my jumper cables have a digital voltage reader attached. Anyone ever heard of this? Anyway the video is great

      about 4 months ago
    • Ken Clements
      Ken Clements

      Great info video... short sweet and to the point.

      about 4 months ago
    • Dani_el

      I replaced the starter 96 Honda Accord, it worked for 4 days and then started acting up. So I have to Tapp it with a piece of wood and then it will start. It does that one time in the morning only, once it starts once in the morning it will start OK for the rest of the day.
      Any ideas ? Anybody? ☺

      about 5 months ago
    • G Zuk
      G Zuk

      Thanks for this video. Solenoids can be purchased for anywhere from 15-30 dollars. Most starter failures can be narrowed down to a bad solenoid and crud build up on the shaft causing the pinion to stick.

      about 5 months ago
    • Karim Sadouni
      Karim Sadouni

      Good video

      about 5 months ago
    • iheartmysquid

      thanks bud

      about 5 months ago
    • Chinh Phan
      Chinh Phan

      Some starters have internal solenoids with the hot 12v wire post being made of cheap plastic that deteriorates and breaks when you try to remove it..enjoy.

      about 6 months ago
    • Mike Lauer
      Mike Lauer

      If the bendix pops out but doesn't spin, it means the solenoid contacts are bad (contrary to what the movie states). The starter would actually most likely be good because the pull in coil needs a ground through the armature, then the ground brushes to complete the circuit. Meaning that the armature and brushes are functional.
      If you remove the solenoid from the starter, and try to electro magnetically pull in the plunger ass'y, you have to ground the motor terminal (the one that the starter lead wire is attached to). If you try to just ground the case and apply voltage to the spade terminal the plunger won't pull in. Try it on any starter, any make.

      about 7 months ago
    • Dave Deatherage
      Dave Deatherage

      Thank you for this film. I just recently subscribed to you're channel, you've helped me this starter- solenoid problem, and I learned from you to check my relays from you're great video's. I'm just learning DIY'er. Thank you again, I've been at this learning 2&1/2 year's now, still a beginner, can't afford to pay others to do work, so learning to do work myself. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘thanks again sir.

      about 7 months ago
    • Brad Ferguson
      Brad Ferguson

      Did this test and my starter worked fine, but smoke came out of the bottom. WTF?

      about 7 months ago
    • el G Michoacan
      el G Michoacan

      I guess my 16 year old Altima stater started that car for last time.

      about 7 months ago
    • tkjazzer

      What does it mean if it works after tapping on it with a hammer?

      about 7 months ago
    • Nick Fasola
      Nick Fasola

      This guy is good; he is knowledgeable, precise and easy to follow, an excellent mechanic !!!

      about 7 months ago
    • Stanley Vo
      Stanley Vo

      Interesting...! Thank you .

      about 7 months ago
    • djony10

      Is there a way to bypass or short starter to have it start one more time to get to home or garage?

      about 7 months ago
    • el G Michoacan
      el G Michoacan In reply to djony10

      You tap on the starter couple times..

      about 7 months ago
    • Michael Philhower
      Michael Philhower

      I pulled my starter and did this battery test with it and mine didn't spin or move forward.. I'm guessing mine is just completely shot. Awesome video though man

      about 8 months ago
    • Steven Robinson
      Steven Robinson

      thank you...very helpful

      about 8 months ago
    • Michael Riedel
      Michael Riedel

      Hey thanks for putting this one out there; now I understand just what I need to do.

      about 8 months ago
    • Mr mysterious
      Mr mysterious

      Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!! my starter motor is shooting out the pin but won't spin. You've answered in detail, thank you.

      about 8 months ago