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89 cougar cranks when key is off

I went to start up my car and it cranked fine, but then when the engine started it kept cranking, so i turned the key to off, and the engine turned off but the starter kept cranking as if i were trying to start it up. I just recently changed the starter solenoid with the exact same model, and made sure everything was hooked up correctly...what could the problem be?

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  • 89cougarls Jul 31, 2009

    that did not help me one bit

  • 89cougarls Jul 31, 2009

    that did not help me one bit

  • 89cougarls Aug 02, 2009

    thank you very much, that was the problem, i had a hot wire connected to the same terminal as the starter so when power was applyed it started cranking, but its fixed now and running better than ever! thank you !

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There are 2 connections on the solinoid the main positive feed.(thick wire from battery)which will sometimes have other wires connected with it and a thinner wire(approx. 3mm thick) with a push on lug from the ignition relay.Check that none of those wires are in the wrong place.it will cause what you are describing

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