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Starter will not turn off unless you disconnect the battery

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  • thebiggses Sep 11, 2009

    it's a 97 toyota 4runner w/ a v6 4x4 and a manual tranny

  • sdm2008 May 11, 2010

    what kind of car truck is this??



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Sounds like the solenoid contacts have welded shut, you need to pull the starter

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Starter Replacement
Removal Procedure
Caution: Before servicing any electrical component, the ignition and start switch must be in the OFF or LOCK position and all electrical loads must be OFF, unless instructed otherwise in these procedures. If a tool or equipment could easily come in contact with a live exposed electrical terminal, also disconnect the negative battery cable. Failure to follow these precautions may cause personal injury and/or damage to the vehicle or its components.
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Refer to Battery Negative Cable Disconnection and Connection .
  2. Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle in General Information.
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  4. Remove the positive battery cable starter motor lead nut (1) from the starter.
  5. Remove the positive battery cable lead from the starter.
  6. Remove the starter solenoid terminal lead nut (2) from the starter.
  7. Remove the starter solenoid terminal lead from the starter.
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  9. Remove the starter motor bolts (2, 3).
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Battery dies unless positive cable is disconnected & then reconnected to start it.

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I just bought a 1988 Volkswagen GL Fox wagon. There is burnt wire funning from the batter to starter. It will not turn over and there is a clicking noise when I turn the ignition, but it is not the...

First thing is to disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery, next you'll need to replace the wire going to your starter, unless there is another problem in the ignition system somewhere this should allow your vehicle to start again. If you repair this and notice or smell anything like wires burning disconnect your battery cable again and list your findings here for further help otherwise good luck and hope this answer works out your problem

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I have a 2000 Ford F250 T,D. I went to start it and it would not crank. the voltage seemed low so I charged up both batteries. Even when the voltage is near max the starter does not crank. how do i...

There is a current draw meter you can hold over the starter wire which will show the amount of current going to the starter. You do this while someone is using the starter and turning the key to start. This test can be done on the starter at a workbench too.

If your solenoid relay is reachable you can use 1 side of your jumper cables and bypass the relay. It will spark when you put the jumper from the hot post to the starter cable after the relay and the starter should work. If it does not work after doing this, then your starter is bad. But check your cable ends at the starter for corrosion.

Unless you wore down the batteries trying to turn the bad starter, the batteries should not drain without some other problem. Charge them up while you are taking off the bad starter and have at least 1 of them checked at the autoparts shop. You can drive it to Autozone or somewhere after you get it running to check the remaining battery.

I would ask the parts place to test your new starter to insure that it works before you take it home. Unless they will switch out a bad one for you.

When you get squared away you may want to disconnect the batteries and hook a meter to the cables to see if anything is on when it should be off to insure your batteries will not run down again.

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Yeah, sounds like your solenoid is staying closed rather than releasing after the car starts.

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