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Why does the starter selenoid wires burn when I try to start the engine?

A new battery was installed. Tried to start the car. The connection on the starter started to turn red hot and smoke. The engine did not turn over. The radiator fan turned. The ignition key was only turned on for about 1 second.

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Before you do anything make sure your battery cables are clean and tight. Loose cables can do this as well. If that's not the problem
sounds like your starter is drawing too much power and is on it's way out. Could cause a fire Better get it fixed.

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You can jump across the celonoid on the starter. If the engine turns over then your problem is either the celonoid or the starter switch.

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It could be the park/neutral switch, next time it doesn't start try wiggling the shifter in park while turning the key, or shift to neutral and see if that will work. if that doesn't change the problem I would replace the ignition switch.

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check power in, power out at the ignition switch...likely it has failed. switch is on the top of the steering column under the dash and is sometimes easier to reach if you disconnect the column from the dash and permit the sterering wheel to rest on the seat.

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does it have a remote start in it some times they can cause problems or you need a new ing switch and if the anti theft light comes on and the car wont start but turns over put the key in the ing switch and leave in on pos for 15 to 20 min to reset anti theft system.

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if an ignition switch fails, sometimes you can jiggle the key and it will start right up. its very hard to tell. but if you can start it by bypassing the ignition switch, then its the switch itself. go to this site for more detailed info--- page should help. click on top link.

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