i have a 97 ford explore does the starter have a cylanoid on it

Asked by GuruC4L99 Jan 30, 2019 at 08:52 PM about the 1997 Ford Explorer

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

5 Answers


Yes, most starters have a solenoid that rides piggy back on the starter.


If you go back more than 50 years you can find old cars that had a starter pedal that you pushed to engage the starter.


These days you typically replace a single starter unit that includes the solenoid.


My 96 has a solenoid bolted to the firewall near the battery. Follow the positive wire from the battery and see where it leads.


Doubtful, OJ, since a solenoid is a mechanical device that engages the gear on the starter motor with the flywheel gear to cycle the engine (like a crank). I think you will find what you are seeing is a relay that then may go to your solenoid/starter connection.

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