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Solenoid or starter

460 ford cu.in. starter stayed engaged when engine was running untill there was a nasty clunck ,engine stopped , no luck at the key,the usual click sound, no luck crossing solenoid, i tried to jump the battery cable direct to starter cable, just a lot of spark with that . at the solenoid there were 2 wires behind the battery side connection , one from voltage regulator where the other one goes i dont know ,will starter engage if voltage regulator wire is not attacthed

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    The starter solenoid is burned closed, have you been running with a low battery or had a low battery?

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Check for a bad ground wire

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