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50/50 chances but can get a general short that will lead to further worst problem.U can try it out (unmount starter) by wiring to a battery.Worning:schortcircuit may put a car on fire.Tip:if in panic disconect battery terminals (u may use brute force if no tools availabile)or run off the car,explosion hazard.Cheers.
Main power wire comes directly from battery positive (red wire). The smaller wire attached to the starter is the remote which comes from the key switch at the steering wheel (which may pass thru the computer if equipped with anti-theft). The metal body of the starter, which is attached to the metal transmission, carried by wire to the metal body of the vehicle makes it way to a black wire connected to the negative side of the battery (gnd).
The small wires on the starter are connected wrong, or the large wire is touching the small post. Look closely at the solenoid on the starter and make certain that you've wired the large wire to the right place and that everything is connected properly. If necessary, look at a shop manual to see the proper wiring of the starter.
There is a heavy red wire that connects to the only terminal on the back of the alternator. The starter should have a smaller purple wire connected to the starter solenoid. A red (positive) battery cable connects to the top terminal of the starter solenoid. There also may be smaller red wires connected to the solenoid at the same connection where the heavy red battery cable connects. Hope this helps
If the third wire has a large ring terminal it most likely goes with the large battery wire to feed a junction block or maybe a fuse panel. Note there is a wire from the solenoid to the starter motor. There is nothing you have to do with this wire. It provides positive battery voltage to the starter motor when the key is turned to start.
Section 03-06: Starting System
1998 Windstar Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION
Procedure revision date: 01/22/1999
Removal WARNING: WHEN SERVICING STARTER MOTOR (11002) OR PERFORMING ANY MAINTENANCE IN THE AREA OF THE STARTER MOTOR , NOTE THE HEAVY GAUGE INPUT LEAD CONNECTED TO THE STARTER SOLENOID (11390) IS HOT AT ALL TIMES. MAKE SURE THE PROTECTIVE CAP IS INSTALLED OVER THE TERMINAL AND IS REPLACED AFTER SERVICE.
CAUTION: When disconnecting hardshell connector at S terminal, grasp the plastic shell and pull off. Do not pull on wire. Be careful to pull straight off to prevent damage to the connector and S terminal. If any part of the connection is damaged, replace the damaged components.
Disconnect starter cable and push-on connector from starter solenoid.
Remove upper bolt.
Remove lower bolt and starter motor.
Position starter motor to engine and install upper and lower bolts finger-tight.
Tighten the upper mounting bolt to 20-27 Nm (15-20 lb-ft).
Tighten the lower mounting bolt to 20-27 Nm (15-20 lb-ft).
Connect starter solenoid connector. Be careful to push straight on and make sure connector locks in position with a notable click or detent.
Install starter cable nut to starter solenoid B-terminal. Tighten to 9-14 Nm (80-123 lb-in).
Also check to see if there is power in the start wire form the ignition switch, the wire is a white wire with pink stripe, most likely not a common problem, but still something that could go wrong. this wire will feed the starter relay under the hood...
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Look where your gearbox meets with the enjin, locate the bolts that holds enjin and g/box together. The starter motor is located there and the connecting bolts are inline with the above mentioned bolts, the starter motor bolts on to the g/box and is located on the top half of the gearbox, should easily be visible ( under the hood, not underneath the vehicle.
Alternatively follow the thick red wire from the battery possitive to the rear of the starter motor also note that there is a thinner red wire from battery possitive to the alternator.
I hope this advice is helpfull!
Positive Battery cable will be the thick red wire goes to the starter motor and you thin wire goes to the alternator, do it disconcerting the battery first and follow up to starter one by one, use original parts make sure you clean the battery nipple, with sand paper, tight the starter motor nut well enough
starter ground/earth strap/cable is normally the cable negative that comes from battery and connects to the engine or where the trans joins engine ? also it may have a seperate strap connected from some location on the chassis and to engine if you trace neg cable from battery you will find where it connect to engine try at point rear of engine? ensue they are clean/secure starter motor takes its ground fro this ie engine--battery