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Truck will not start

Starter only has a single black wire plugged into it on the top. Is this small black sensor the solenoid? If it is not where is the solenoid and what does this black wire do? It is the only wire I see on the starter besides the battery cable.

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It should have power going to it when key is cycled to start position, to energize the solenoid. Use a test light or meter & hold it on the terminal when someone tries to start it. If no power to it, check for faulty start relay.

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