Originally Posted by Corky
With the starter on the ground, you can test it with a set of jumper cables. Attach the neg cable to the case & positive to the big lug on solenoid (usually labeled "BAT"). Use a small jumper wire to go from big lug to "S" terminal. NOTE** the starter will torque quickly if the solenoid engages and the starter turns - be careful it doesn't knock the cables off or twist out of your hand.
well i went ahead and took the starter to autozone and it failed,was going to replace just the solenoid but after thinking about it,i went ahead and purchased the complete starter w/solenoid for $114 lifetime warranty so took it back,installed it and is running fine now. thanks corky for your input!