How to Remove a Starter Solenoid

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Taking out the old starter solenoid. Learn about starter solenoid maintenance in this free video on auto repair.

Part of the Video Series: How to Replace a Starter Solenoid
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Video Transcript

In this clip we're going to talk about the proper service procedure in order to diagnose, remove and replace your vehicles starter solenoid. In this step we're going to talk about removal of the actual starter solenoid. Before you do any work on the electronics of your vehicle, what you're going to want to do is disengage the negative battery cable which will power down all the systems. If you were to leave it hooked up and these hot wires were to touch and metal contact surfaces, it going to throw a bunch of sparks, possibly burning you, starting a fire or at the very least damaging the connecting surface. What your going to want to do, you can write down all of your radio memories stations so you don't have to go back through and reprogram. This will wipe the memory in your radio, it'll blank out your clock, you will have to reset that and it will reset all of your engine trouble lights at the same time. Go ahead and take a half inch wrench and undo the bolt here, wiggle my battery cable off, and set it aside for later installation. Got an eight millimeter socket, my quarter inch ratchet and quarter inch extension. Put it right here in the mounting bolt and see if it breaks loose. Once you verify that they'll break loose, you can take these nuts off here. You're going to take a three-eight ratchet and a nine-sixteenths socket; they?re lefty-loosy, righty-tighty devices. Take the retaining nut and put it in my magnetic tray so we don?t loose it and then go ahead an pull the other one off. Pay particular attention to which wires go where, you're going to have to reinstall them in exactly the same place. Grab my quarter inch again. Put that one in the tray, and we got one more. Alright, there's the last one. From here you can go ahead and safely remove your old starter solenoid. And there you go. That is the proper way to disconnect your battery and unhook your starter solenoid and remove it from the fender well of the vehicle.


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