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New starter motor but still not turning over wire to pos on starter live.power from ignition barrel showing live on red cable. it tries to start if i touch this red wire with a negative conn.I could use a wiring diagram from ignition to starter.

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  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    Have you checked the starter relay/solenoid?


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Sounds like earth cable from body to engine is missing or not connected or a corroded connection

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