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Old 08-13-2017, 02:36 AM   #11
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The switch didn't do anything with the smaller wire hooked to the other terminal
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The switch didn't do anything with the smaller wire hooked to the other terminal
Ok let's back up a bit. Now if you take something metal and bridge the 2 large posts on the solenoid the starter should spin. You need to use something heavy enough to carry the full current to operate the starter, ie something as big as the inside of a battery cable. Does it spin the starter?
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The small boot looking wire that plugs on should only have power when the key is at 'start'.
No other time.
If you have constant power there that indicates a fault in the circuit most likely back at the ignition switch on the column.
If you've had constant power there for a while it's probably burned out the solenoid by now.
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The small boot looking wire that plugs on should only have power when the key is at 'start'.
No other time.
If you have constant power there that indicates a fault in the circuit most likely back at the ignition switch on the column.
If you've had constant power there for a while it's probably burned out the solenoid by now.
Even with a brand new solenoid? And how do I trace where the problem is? I don't have a multimeter, just a test light
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