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October 4, 2012, 1:06 pm

Shaun M

Question: my starter keeps sticking and i tap my solenoid and it stops. should i get a better solenoid ?

i have changes solenoids three times. starter want disengage when i crank it. i can tap on the solenoid and it stops.

October 11, 2012, 5:48 pm

Ron W
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Have your battery tested. If it has low voltage under load, the amperage will go up and can cause the solenoid to stick. Even if it still starts the car, it may be failing and causing your repeat failures.

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