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Starter doesn't turn off at all over running. There is one small red wire on small bolt on solenoid. 3 other wires on big bolt I think and a small black wire that who knows where it might go. Friend took it apart now I'm left with repairs

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I dont have a diagram here at home but first check if at the starter, the wires on the big stud are somehow touching the wire for the small bolt. is voltage from the large bolt, goes to the little bolt, that energizes the starter.

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