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Starter won't turn over,I shorted selenoid with screwdriver and it kicked in selenoid and started,,ok bad selonoid,,I just replaced with new starter and selonoid,,still won't kick seloniod in,,shorting selonoid it will start,,I checked voltage at little wire which send voltage to selonoid when key is turned to start position,,no voltage,,,,where does this wire get it's voltage when turning key to start position,,is there a fuse,,what am I missing here

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That wire may be coming from a relay so you may need a service manual to find which one it is.
BTW, to save frying all of your screwdrivers, applying 12 volts for a moment to the terminal with the smaller gauge wire will cause the solenoid to operate as it was designed. Shorting across the main solenoid terminals lets ~ 100-200 amps flow through your screwdriver which isn't even a very good conductor.
Even a light clip lead to the coil terminal of the solenoid could handle the lower current that flows there.
For purposes of doing several different engine tasks, I made up a momentary pushbutton switch contraption housed in a plastic film canister, put 6' wires and heavy clips on it so I could 'jiggle' an engine into the next cycle.    

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