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Put a new starter in a 1995 kodiak top kick cat 3116, now When you go to start it the solenoid clicks but the battery immediately goes to 0 Does anyone have a starter wiring diagram

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    Ian Smith May 05, 2017

    Batteries are new, had no issue prior to installation of new starter



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Has the battery been load tested as that indicates a dead cell/s

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