My starter died, I pulled it and bought a new one. There is a post for the battery cable, a plug in for the starter (solenoid) switch, and another male plug in also on the solenoid. Is this a ground? I thought the mounting provided the ground..............
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Re: New 91 Pathfinder starter connections
Yes the mounting provides the ground. Some aftermarket starter manufacturers use a universal solenoid that have extra terminals for other applications so you probably don't need to connect anything to it. hope this helps!
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Yank the starter relay in the under dash relay box. Check for battery power on terminals 1 & 2 in the relay socket with the key turned to START. If no power, check fuses 31 and 35. If you have power on those terminals, check for ground on terminal 3 in the socket when turned to START. If no ground, the Security system isn't seeing a good signal from the clutch interlock switch or the auto transmission shift console switch. Check those out
disconnect the negative cable from the battery, now disconnect the wires on the starter solenoid posts,, remove the two bolts that hold the starter in place ( bottom one first ),, pull starter off.
installing the starter is just the reverse of removal.
get a new positive cable, clean the battery post well and tighten both ends of the cable end snug.
the other end no doubt attaches to the top of the starter.
with a bad connection at the cable end you are not getting a good charge either. I would get a new dealer cable, not a parts store generic one. That way the connectors are correct and you do no splicing.
I had a similar problem w/ my 94 Pathfinder. The problem was a cheap security system that was offered in that year model and the wiring between the ignition and the starter was run through this system. The dealership was able to by pass the security system and this fixed the problem. For years other mechanics told me it was the starter but I knew it was something else.
When you put the new starter in, you didn't put one of the cables back on the post. It probably grounded itself enough to start and run, then moved by vibration, or a pothole, or gravity, and killed the motor.
As for the arcing battery.... are you sure you didn't attach the jumper cables to the wrong posts?
ok disconect the old one complety from the battery FIRST then the starter motor, on your new positve put you conectors on then connect to the starter motor FIRST then to you battery make sure there all tight then your ready to go