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Starter staying engaged while engine is running on 2004 dodge ram

I replaced the starter about 2 weeks ago now this one is shot. The starter makes clicking type of mechanical sound when the engine is running. I think it is staying engaged while the engine is running. What could be giving it a constant 12 V signal. The starter relay?

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    starter stays on with 12 v applied

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Your starter relay is what they call a closed switch ( no power threw switch till activated by power source) I would look at a bad Ignition switch that is mounted on your steering column , under the dash . ( Note not the key and tumbler) .

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I think maybe you could use a new solinoid and a new starter

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