Re: 1989 Camaro sitting in garage for 7 years
While you're at the starter, disconnect the battery and remove the battery cable and fusible links on the solenoid stud and wire brush them.
Then if you can, hook up a test to the purple wire on the solenoid to view from the drvr seat. If it shines in START, then power is getting to the solenoid, but solenoid not kicking in.
To me, the starter is working because belt is turning. You could hook up a remote starter switch and see if the starter turns over better. Solenoid has two copper bolts and a copper disc. When power is applied to the solenoid, it creates a magnetic field, pulls in the slug engaging the starter pinion and connecting the copper switch to apply power to the motor. If copper pieces are corroded/pitted, less current/power flows to motor. If battery voltage drops, less power is generated.
Also, look in the manual and see the starter relay to power the solenoid.
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