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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    • Ray P B
      Ray P B

      Great video. I took mine out and tested it like you said and it works fine but when it's in the car, nothing. My battery is fairly new so just wondering if you have anything else to try. Much appreciated.

      about 2 days ago
    • PelletFan

      Thank you for the help, I think solenoid is OK, but starter is gone. Tried your battery tip while on the tractor and all I got was clicking.

      about 5 days ago
    • Wiz Khnum
      Wiz Khnum

      Replaced battery had starter checked says it's good.. What could be the problem

      about 15 days ago
    • Crusaderglenn

      Thank you for the video.I managed to diagnose my faulty starter on my olds alero.

      about 28 days ago
    • Peter Sheridan
      Peter Sheridan

      Good informative and easy to do.
      Peter Sheridan

      about 1 month ago
    • KhaLeD us
      KhaLeD us

      DIY | restoration and repair the car starter by 3v battery

      about 2 months ago
    • Mario P
      Mario P

      OOOKaaay, thanks for doing this video. I went to the Local Auto Zone and one person said it was not working properly after testing, then went local Advance Auto parts and one said it was spinning but the plunger not engaging. Then went to another AZ and it said it was dead , now mind you this was the first place I wen to, so I went back again and they again said it's dead. So I saw your video hooked it up and it works flawlessly! The motor engages, the plunger engages perfect... I normally like the AZ and Advance places but because of your video I was able to verify the starter is working as needed and did not get poked in the eye to the tune of a $180 for a new one.. Thanks Man, just like when you did you're 1.8T timing chain Vid, you saved the day.

      about 2 months ago
    • 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 4 months 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 4 months ago
    • Martin Edwards
      Martin Edwards

      Thanks bro your video was very helpful

      about 5 months ago
    • Mark Evans
      Mark Evans

      He got lovely black hair 😜

      about 5 months ago
    • John R Hancock
      John R Hancock

      Thank you this is very helpful

      about 6 months ago
    • Nasser

      Good video 👍

      about 6 months ago
    • Sermet Shaja
      Sermet Shaja

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

      about 6 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 6 months ago
    • Ryan Atwood
      Ryan Atwood

      Huge help thank you 👍

      about 6 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 7 months ago
    • nathaniel holder
      nathaniel holder

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

      about 7 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 7 months ago
    • Ken Clements
      Ken Clements

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

      about 7 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 8 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 8 months ago
    • Karim Sadouni
      Karim Sadouni

      Good video

      about 8 months ago
    • iheartmysquid

      thanks bud

      about 8 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 9 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 10 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. 😊👍thanks again sir.

      about 10 months ago
    • Brad Ferguson
      Brad Ferguson

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

      about 10 months ago
    • el G Michoacan
      el G Michoacan

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

      about 10 months ago
    • tkjazzer

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

      about 10 months ago