Is it worth it to just replace the solenoid, or should I just go ahead and replace the whole thing?
Have you looked at your brushes and springs in the starter? Take a look first, also check the windings for any burnt looking spots. If all looks good, just do the solenoid, also, some brushes can be inverted upside down to, in effect, be like replacing them without the additional cost.Is it worth it to just replace the solenoid, or should I just go ahead and replace the whole thing?
Tapping it could have actually pulled/pushed the starter motor from a bad contact/brush, doesn't mean it was the solenoid. If you had to jump the positive on solenoid with the motor with a screwdriver, then yes, it was your solenoid...There is a local shop, I would like to use them, just don't want the car down for too long with the weather nice... The car only has 53K and I know it is the solenoid, would not start after a long drive, tapped the solenoid, started right up. I guess I might as well replace everything if I have it pulled out. Why are the starters for the 86-89 different?