Okay guys, so we already wrote about this well-known annoyance when ignition decides to betray you when you are late for work, or in the middle of the traffic jam.
In the previous text, we listed some tips for solving the more general problems. But now we are going to try and elaborate in the best way possible how to jump a starter solenoid.
Bad starter solenoid symptoms?
Fixing an automobile is complex work, and we sometimes hear that a mechanic is to a car, what a surgeon is to people. So when we want to fix something by ourselves we really have to be sure to know what’s causing problems.
So let’s look at bad starter solenoid symptoms before we jump to conclusion that this is what’s been giving us headache.
The most common is of course when ignition doesn’t react. If you checked the battery and everything is okay, then it is likely that you have a faulty solenoid.
Another possibility is that your engine sometimes is running immediately and in other situations takes longer time or doesn’t want to ignite at all. Also, you can keep hearing the clicking sound coming from the starter motor and this indicates a problem with starter solenoid, although it can mean it’s some kind of problem with the accumulator. But it is advisable to check the solenoid immediately.
What does a solenoid do?
This is the first question we have to answer before we proceed to see how to jump a starter solenoid with a screwdriver. It’s very likely that most of you right now are wondering where it is and what does a solenoid do.
Well, it is a small cylinder that is usually on the top of the starter motor which itself has a cylindrical shape as well, or it can be next to the battery in some other car models. The role of starter solenoid is crucial in sending electricity to the starter motor which then powers up your engine.
What do we have to do before jump-starting the solenoid?
So the absolute must that you have to do before jumping starter solenoid is to check if the battery can supply enough power to turn on your engine. If you think your battery is old or faulty then the best thing to be sure is to replace it or recharge it. You can quite easily check the battery voltage with a voltmeter and if its value is under 12 volts then you have to do something about it.
How to start a car with a bad starter
Although it’s quite dangerous to do it by yourself and we would rather advise you to go to an electrician or mechanic to solve this problem, we will show to you how to start a car with a bad starter. Because we can never know all the situations we might find ourselves in and it’s better to have than not this knowledge.
However, since you are practically enabling the solenoid to provide electrical current to the starter motor directly you should be prepared for sparks or mild electric shock so you have to be really careful.
To start a car with bad ignition switch you need a friend who can start the ignition and a screwdriver with rubber handle or long steel rod with insulated handle.
After you found the starter solenoid, check if the transmission is set on Neutral (N) and consider pulling the handbrake up. The last thing you want is that your automobile is moving while you are jumping starter solenoid.
How to jump starter solenoid with the screwdriver
Now you are ready to begin. Just be sure that you use the screwdriver with an insulated rubber handle to avoid the risk of getting electrocuted. Alright, so lets get into the explanation on how to test starter with a screwdriver.
Put the only the tip of the hand tip to the place that is connected to the starter motor. Second, the metal part of the flathead should touch the terminal leading out of the solenoid.
While holding the tool like that, ask a friend to turn the ignition key or press the button to start the engine. The moment the engine starts running you should remove the screwdriver.
Final thoughts on the jump-starting solenoid
We hope that you find this text on how to start a car with a bad starter helpful. However, we would like to point out again that this work can be quite dangerous and it is definitely not recommended for people who don’t have some experience with electricity. If possible it is better to go to a professional who is skilled to fix this issue.