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I replaced the battery cables on a 97 f150..now when i try to boost the truck the starter engages when i touch the boosting cable to the battery post ..why is this?

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Cable got crossed up somewhere, sounds like you got 12 volts running directly to your starter when it should be running to your solenoid, then your starter. I know it sounds odd but that has to be it, thats the only reason why this would happen.

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