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Hi, Check if the starter gets 12v at the starter plug, when the key is turned. A test light will do the trick. If so then repair or replace the starter, if not then i suspect that the ignition switch is at fault.
That heavy gauge red wire (called a B+ wire) runs from the positive side of the battery directly to the back of the alternator. On yours, if it goes to the starter, the starter main battery terminal would essentially do the same thing. (both connections are always hot and always come directly from the battery). If you meant that it became disconnected when you said "pulled away", you need to find the wire it disconnected from and re-connect it. If it just came out of a loop that was securing it, you don't necessarily need to find the loop but can secure it with a tie wrap, making sure it stays away from the manifold. You could actually make a new wire and connect it between the battery (+) terminal and the alternator, using the same gauge wire, but I'd be concerned that the loose end coming from the starter could possibly touch something and cause a direct short. At the least, you should find the loose end and cap it off. The battery cannot charge with the wire disconnected. Anything I've just written that you don't understand, just ask and I'll clarify it for you.
hi from uk check the main lead from battery+positive to the starters solenoid is secure ? also there is a thin wire that also connects to solenoid on a terminal of its own this is the solenoid energizing wire that works starter when key start position is selected if all above is ok? then use a jump lead and connect one end to battery negative post then the other end of lead to a suitable earth point on engine ? then try starting? if it works/starts ? you have a bad earth connection to engine from battery negative lead check the earth lead connection at point on engine is clean/secure ? it usually is secured by bolt at point where engine and transmission connect ? hope this helps?
Based on your description, the starter selenoid is not getting enough juice (current) to pull up solidly. So, causes are:
1. Low battery voltage
2. bad connection of battery+ at the battery or at the selenoid terminal.
3. bad ground connection between the starter selenoid and the truck chassis.
If you want to bypass the selenoid, you can place a jumper cable on the "FAR" side of the selenoid (the side that feeds the starter). Then momentarily touch the other end of the jumper to the battery + terminal.
If the starter cranks, then you have confirmed the selenoid as problematic. Remove it and either replace it or disassemble and clean it.
replace starter motor as its worn out but before you do remove battery terminals and wire brush them and clean up the terminal clamps .smear terminals with vaseline and refit clamps tight if no better replace starter motor
Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove the starter mounting bolts.
On the 3.7L engine, the left side exhaust pipe and front driveshaft must be disconnected.
Disconnect the starter solenoid harness connections.
Remove the starter.
Fig. Starter mounting: 2.4L engine
Fig. The starter position for the 3.7L engine
Connect the starter solenoid wiring connectors.
Install the starter and torque the bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
On the 3.7L, the left side exhaust pipe and front driveshaft.
Install the negative battery cable and check for proper operation.
Disconnect and isolate negative battery cable.
Raise and support vehicle.
Disconnect solenoid wire connector from solenoid terminal
Remove battery cable from stud on starter solenoid.
Remove 3 starter mounting bolts.
Remove starter from transmission bellhousing.
Position starter motor to transmission housing.
Connect battery cable solenoid terminal wire harness connector to
connector receptacle on starter solenoid. Always support starter motor
during this process. Do not let starter motor hang from wire harness.
The positive battery terminal cable goes to the input side of the solenoid along with another smaller wire that powers the rest of the car. The smallest terminal has one even-smaller wire that operates the solenoid from the ignition switch 'start' position. The output side has another cable which goes to the starter power terminal.
There will be 2 connections to make. Make sure the ground terminal of the battery is disconnected before you start. there will be a large wire (should be red) that comes from the battery. This wire is connected to the large terminal on the starter. This terminal will have a large nut to tighten down on the wire lug. It will be size 1/2 inch or 7/16 inch. The 2nd wire is a much thinner wire and will go to the second smaller terminal that has a smaller nut. It really hard to get them mixed up because you could hardly get the smaller wire on the bigger terminal.
Hope this helps Good luck Loringh PS please leave a rating if appropriate. Thanks