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!