Starter Problem - Is the solenoid out of comission?
I recently got a 93 F150 with the straight 6 and a 5spd. From the start it had starting issues where it seemed like the starter did not have enough juice to crank over the motor. It would struggle to start but once it got going it would start the truck. It didn't matter whether the motor was cold or hot. The battery is charged and at 12.6v
Last night I changed the oil and decided to clean all of the starter connections to make sure they had good contact. I took both of the starter connector nuts off and wirebrushed all the parts. When installing the connections back on I noticed that the housing on the solenoid turned as I tightened the nuts. Since then I can not start the truck. All it does is click when I turn the key.
I tried starting it with a screwdriver by jumping the connections on the solenoid and the starter would wind up but it wouldn't engage. I ended up pushing it out of the garage into the driveway.
Can anyone tell me what the problem is? Solenoid? Contacts? Will I get away with changing the starter solenoid? Do I need to remove the starter to change the solenoid?