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Starter keeps grinding when the key is out, have to take battery cable off the shot it off if not it has burned the started

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  • Jerry Koski
    Jerry Koski May 11, 2010

    ignition switch is located on top of the steering colum down near the floor boards.. it could be bad and when you turn on the key to start it is staying in the start position .. just a thought it is also operated by a long rod from the ignition key way up there. Jerry

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If the starter isn't disengaging then check for a bad solenoid. or improper starter alignment from loose bolts or missing shims. Most likely the mounting bolts are loose.

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