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The size of the ring terminals should provide a clue to which wire was fitted to the small terminal. There is likely to be only one fitted to that one and it will come from the starter switch. If the solenoid is screwed to something non-metallic and sometimes even if it is there will be a ground wire fitted to the frame or casing of the solenoid and was probably fitted under one of the mounting screws if a ground wire was fitted.
Some solenoids have four terminals (or five) and the fourth will be a small one matching the other small one. If it is that type it will be for the ground wire.
The thick wire from the battery and the wire from the alternator will go together on the same post but you say that is the only other wire that is as thick as the battery wire which seems unlikely. I would expect the wire from the solenoid to the starter to be that thick. The starter wire would be fitted to the other thick post and it would make little sense for there to be more than a single wire there.
I think you need to proceed carefully by identifying the wires by flashing them against the battery wire, with the battery connected. One wire will engage the starter, one or more wires will cause the lights, horn or other accessories to operate and another will probably cause the ignition or battery light to illuminate with the key turned on. The wire from the alternator will do nothing. If there is a ground wire the sound and sight of the spark when you flash the wires together will be very much sharper.
All the wires where something happens when connected to power will be connected together with the battery cable and the alternator cable to a large terminal. The starter cable would usually be alone on the other large terminal.
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Just get a test light and see which , if any of the wires hanging down have power to them. Run one with power to the lighter. Then you need a ground wire. The origional ones should have plugs on the end that fit the prong on the lighter.
You can try this.You can buy inexpensive system testers that have Yellow Red Green lights that will give you a better idea of your charging system.Strauss Stores,Auto Barn,Pep Boys have them.Some plug into gig lighter,some have clips to go on battery/connections.You have to get the motor started to use,so jump or charge the battery.I'm thinking loose connection,bad ground.Good Luck.
have you checked the glove box light? another way to tell where your short may be is to hook a voltage meter to the battery and notice a drain on the battery with the key off! then start pulling fuses to see when the drain stops and that will narrow down the possibilities of the problem... the drain should be easily located if its killing the battery overnight... help this helps
1994 Ford Escort Car Stereo Wiring Diagram
Car Radio Battery Constant 12v+ Wire: Blue/Red Car Radio Accessory Switched 12v+ Wire: Blue/Black Car Radio Ground Wire: Black Car Radio Illumination Wire: Red/Black Car Stereo Dimmer Wire: N/A Car Stereo Antenna Trigger Wire: N/A Car Stereo Amp Trigger Wire: N/A Car Stereo Amplifier Location: N/A Car Audio Front Speakers Size: N/A Car Audio Front Speakers Location: N/A Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Violet Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Blue/Orange Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Blue/White Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): White Car Audio Rear Speakers Size: N/A Car Audio Rear Speakers Location: N/A Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): White/Blue Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Red/Blue Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): White/Green Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Blue
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