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Wires to 1996 chevy cav starter

Does anyone have a picture of what wires go to what post on 1996 chevy cal starter

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Most chevy cars have 3 wires. I main wire that comes from the battery. Another a little smaller wire that goes to the same post in the center of the starter solinoid. And 1 small wire that goes to the smaller threaded post on the side.

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