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Unread 01-26-2004, 09:30 PM   #1
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starter/solenoid question

hello all-
ok i think my solenoid is going out. it has been getting harder and harder to start in the am. it is cold, but not that cold. ie:15 for a low temp. my question is can i just buy a solenoid or do i have to get the whole thing. i have a 97 sport 6cyl. thanks in advance for any help.

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Unread 01-26-2004, 09:39 PM   #2
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Hi Jacob,
As having spent most of the day trying to find out what a new starter for my jeep would cost I can say that you have two options - buying a rebuilt starter or buying a new one. I was drifting towards the new starter but when I got home from work after more poking around found that my starter was good, it must be a relay. The install of the starter looks fairly vanilla though, as long as you have a place to work! Good luck!
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Unread 01-27-2004, 10:51 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Ox in the Box
my question is can i just buy a solenoid or do i have to get the whole thing. i have a 97 sport 6cyl. thanks in advance for any help.
Unfortunately, you have to buy the whole assembly. The solenoid is not available for purchase by itself--only the complete starter assembly.

I just went through the same deal a few months ago. I ended up buying a new one from a Jeep dealership for $108 after the $30 core charge (the $108 price took some negotiation to get) and then installed it myself...it's a quick job that can be done with basic automotive hand tools.

If you want to get a cheaper one, you can try one of the el-cheapo ones from Auto Zone, O'Reileys, NAPA, etc....but I heard too many stories of their extremely short life, so I opted to get another factory one instead.

If you want to spend big bucks, you can get a Mean Green starter. But dang, they ain't cheap!

Good luck.
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Unread 01-27-2004, 11:37 AM   #4
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I could only find complete starters also. I got a rebuild OEM one. Was a relatively simple job.
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Unread 01-27-2004, 06:00 PM   #5
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thanks for the help. i found out today nobody has just the soleniod. oh well, thanks again.

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