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Old 05-22-2008
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Starter Testing

I suspect my starter has gone bad. Or the sol. The battery is basically new and fully charged, cables are clean, and I have cleaned every connection I can get to. Starter just clicks, like the cable connections are bad, but they don't appear to be. I even jumped across the starter relay to no avail.
I got the starter hanging last night, but had to leave.
Tonight I plan to finish removing from the truck. My nearest parts shop can't check the starter, the next closest place that can is 30 miles up the road.

So I figure if I use my jumper cables and ground the starter casing to (-) then jump the (+) to the sol it should spin, if it does not it would be time for a new one?
If it works when I jump the Sol. then just the sol. might be bad?

I should have jumped the sol. to (+) before I took the bolts out, but I was in a hurry...

Anyone got some pointers here?

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why not take the 2 bolts out of it and take it to an auto parts store and have them test it for free?

Most of the time starters don't "go" bad; they eithe work or they don't, that is how electrical motors work.
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On your 94, the starter gets two sources of power.

The large one is straight from the battery (this is the cable that goes bad).

The small one is from the solenoid.

If you do remove the starter (please disconnect the battery first), yes, you will use the starter case for ground.

You must connect 12v to both terminals of the starter to make it spin. Hold it down, because it can dance right off the workbench. I recommend a set of jumper cables (wire size really matters in this case). Connect 12v+ to the big terminal first, nothing will happen. Jumper from that terminal to the small one and the starter should engage the gear and spin.

In other words, yes (exactly what you had planned).

IMO, it is most likely you have a bad red cable. They corrode way down under the insulation.
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just remember, if its not strapped/bolted down its going to jump when you hook it up.
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why not take the 2 bolts out of it and take it to an auto parts store and have them test it for free?

Most of the time starters don't "go" bad; they eithe work or they don't, that is how electrical motors work.
It has three bolts and it's about 60 miles round trip...
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