Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Geismar, LA, USA
Re: Solenoid location and question
I think he's asking about the solenoid itself... but I could be wrong.
The solenoid should be mounted in the engine compartment on the passenger side fender. It's a little white cylinder with 4-8 wires on it. To test it, turn the key to "ON" and use a screwdriver WITH A RUBBER HANDLE to connect the two poles on the solenoid. If sparks fly and the car starts, your solenoid is the problem. I want to say I paid less than $20 last time mine went out. You could also beat the Hell out of it with a screwdriver and see if that frees it up, but once it freezes the first time, you only have a matter of days before it locks up for all eternity.
If you don't get a lot of spark, there's something between the battery, relays, and the solenoid. If it sparks a lot but the car doesn't start, it's between the solenoid and starter (and could be wires). If it's not trying to turn over at all, I'd bet on the solenoid (you might be hearing loud clicking when trying- that's tell-tale of a frozen solenoid).
Hope that helps.