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No power to starter motor live from ignition

Changed starter motor which was burnt but no power to the thin wire from ignition to starter ( The 2 big fat wire have live even when ignition is off ) Th

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  • montehammons Dec 02, 2012

    what two big fat wires is that? why would you have two live wires to the starter?

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The small starter wire should only have power on it when the key is held in the cranking position. Is that how you tested it? If no power then, trace the signal from the ignition switch to the starter. The starter relay and the neutral safety switch should be in that path.

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