The solenoid will be over by the battery, attached to the radiator support. But, it could be a bad ignition switch, bad battery connections, bad ground, or even the wire at the starter could be loose. You will need either a voltmeter (DMM/AVMM)or a test light. It would be good to have a friend help you out with this.
if you put it in yourself did you disconnect the battery first? if you didnt then you may have grounded out the solenoid. either way the most likely causes are the solenoid or the battery.
A slight possibility but not likely
If your battery has a full charge, and NO noise is heard. It is most likely a lose or broken wire from the battery to ignition switch or from ignition switch to solenoid. A bad neutral switch may also be the problem or a blown fuse. A clicking noise would indicate bad solenoid contacts or a low battery charge. Although the a solenoid may be at fault, the other reasons are more likely. Note: On cars without automatic transmissions, check the clutch interlock switch.
change the battery every time I've had that it's been the battery the likely problem is not the battery but the solenoid that is attached to the starter motor
Starter Ignition Neutral switch
Most likely the starter solenoid needs replacement
battery or corroded connection on battery One click most likely is a bad starter motor or solenoid. Many clicks battery or connection problem.
Most likely the solenoid or wiring depending on the vehicle. A starter needs 2 things to operate. A current to close the circuit in the solenoid (small wire/trigger wire) and a power source to turn the starter itself (large battery cable). Battery cable goes directly to the starter from the positive battery terminal with an on/off switch in between (solenoid). The trigger wire (small wire) controls the solenoid by closing the circuit when there is power supplied to the small wire. If there is no power at the small wire then the solenoid must be stuck in the closed position unless the large battery cables to the solenoid are connected incorrectly.
dead battery..not enough chargeAnswerA loose connection can also cause the clicking, check the cables. If the battery is years or older, replace it. The alternater may not be charging the battery or there may be a parasitic draw draining the battery. AnswerIt could be anything electrical. Most likely, if the battery is charged, and the cables are tight, it could be the starter. More commonly the solenoid. Try tapping the solenoid with the car off, and try starting it. If after this, the car starts.. then you need to check into replacing the solenoid, or the entire starter motor, if the solenoid is connected to the starter.
That is probably your solenoid. It is what tells the battery to send voltage to the starter so it will crank the engine over. Most of the time it is just a low battery that makes it make that sound. There isn't enough voltage to keep the solenoid engaged. Although, it could be a bad solenoid. If jumping it doesn't start it then it is more than likely the solenoid. If jumping does start it then you need a battery.
If You Are Running A Cable From The Battery ( Bypassing The Solenoid ) You Starter Runs Then It Would Most Likely Be You Have Lost Connection On The Solenoid From The Battery Side. ie You Probable Have More Than One Cable On The Battery Incomming Side Of Solenoid Clean All Cables At Battery And Where They Connect To Engine Block ( Negative ) And All Positive Connections Also Check Battery Cables Sometimes They Will Accumilate Lots Of Corrosion Under The Plastic Cable Covers On The Battery End Of Cable, Replace Cable If This Is So. If This Gets It Going I Suggest You Replace Solenoid Also. BEST I CAN DO
Then the problem could be either the solenoid or the starter. Most likely it is the starter.
most likely the solenoid on the starter or could be a key switch problem doesn't sound like a battery problem
Could be a dead battery or a problem with the starter...most likely the solenoid switch.
I assume you are talking about the starter relay or solenoid coil. If the engine is cranking but not starting, the coil is most likely good. If Nothing happens, check battery voltage at the coil. If voltage is present, coil (winding inside the solenoid or relay) is most likely bad. If no voltage present, then check for corrosion, loose terminal fittings, or any wire or cables that go from the battery to the starter.
The starter solenoid to my knowledge is part of the starter. Follow the (+) battery cable to the starter. Adjacent you will find a smaller aprox 16 gauge wire with a connector. That's the solenoid. Likely starter problems on the pre-05 Subies are the "Contactor set" located inside the top cap of the solenoid. Cost about $3.00
I don't know what "after battery is off" means, but if it is clicking while trying to start, then most likely the starter/solenoid/relay is bad.
Likely low battery- the click is the starter solenoid trying to pull in, but not enough current to turn the starter motor. If it will start with a jump, either battery or charging system needs attention.
If the battery is good and the alternator is charging then most likely the starter/starter solenoid is bad. You can also check the battery cables to make sure they are properly grounded.
Try starting the car. If it doesn't start, then you might have a low charge in your battery! Turn the headlights on and then try to start the car - if the lights dim and you can hear the starter motor solenoid "click" or the starter turns the engine slowly then your battery is more than likely at fault. -if the lights don't dim and you can't hear anything from the starter motor then it is likely to be a loose earth connection or a loose connection to the starter motor solenoid (the thin cable out of the two that connect to your starter motor) Simples.
Check the battery cables for looseness and/or corrosion Most likely the starter solenoid is going bad
If the battery and connections are good and the starter is also good, more than likely the starter solenoid/relay is bad. A click usually indicates a loose battery cable or a faulty solenoid/relay.
check your starter, it could either not but getting voltage at all (which would be the starter solenoid) or more likely it is just old or has failed and needs to be replaced
I would check the starter solenoid before I investigated the starter - it's likely the cause. Have someone try starting the car hot while you measure the voltage between the starter side of the solenoid and negative - you should get battery voltage. If not, the problem is the solenoid (or somewhere before it, electrically).
Check the 97 Eclipse starter solenoid. Also check the wiring for any loose connections. Since the battery and starter are goor, these are the two most likely problem spots.