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I swapped engines in a 2000 escalade.When I went to hook up the battery,the engine started cranking over.What would cause this???

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  • leonardstarl Dec 16, 2008

    ther is only one s terminal wire and one pos term wire

  • leonardstarl Dec 16, 2008

    I purchased a diagram from another site,and I think I may have a wire bolted to the block that goes to the bat term on te starter.Which would cause the same symtems you describe,Sound about right to you???

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I think the two smaller terminals on the starter are swapped

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  • jac wilson Dec 16, 2008

    I believe your starter is inadvertently energized, most likely starter control circuit. Recommend remove starter relay, reconnect battery, probe relay socket to identify energized circuit, repair as necessary. For wiring diagrams, www.alldatadiy.com There is a small charge, 15 dollars a year per vehicle registered.

    PS. In a similar situation I found the insulation broken on the starter control circuit. The ring terminal when tightened, contacted the high current terminal on the starter. Causing starter engagement when battery was connected. If this is the case the problem lies between the starter relay and the starter itself. So removing the relay will not stop the engine from starting when battery is connected.


  • jac wilson Dec 16, 2008

    If the starter solenoid is ground switched this would be possible. But i believe the solenoid is switched with battery+. It is important to remember that this is a simple electrical circuit. It just seems confusing because there is a malfunction. A high current cable attaches from the battery to the high current terminal of the starter. A low current (switching) lead attaches to the start terminal. Both share the same ground point the block. The high current line supplies a standby charge to the high current terminal of the starter. Inside the starter there is a high current switch or contactor which is electromagnetically operated by the "Start" circuit. So if the starter cranks the motor as soon as there is power available at the high current or "threaded terminal", then the contacts inside the starter are stuck together or the start or "low current" circuit is energized. Stuck contacts can sometimes occur due to extended cranking or attempting to crank a seized motor. I would remove the start lead from the starter and reconnect the battery. If the starter still malfunctions then you know the contacts are stuck. If it no longer malfunctions then you know the start lead is energized for some reason. Is it possible that you connected the oil pressure sender lead to the starter?

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