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Why does my starter ingage itself when i hook up the battery?

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  • Hi, If you're starter is engageing the solenoid on you're G.M.C., the Ignition switch is at fault. If you were to go under the vehicle with a 12 volt dc tester, one with the sharp point and a decent brand, and excess the starter and solenoid, with the key off 1st. Find the hot wire that feeds the solenoid. This wire comes from the ignition switch and is only hot when the key is turned to the start position, past on. I would have a friend with you for this test and safety reasons if you have to jack the vehicle up to get under it. In you're case even if the key is on only, it should not try to start. So, locate this wire, pull the coil wire off so it wont start. With key off and you ready with tester, have the positive cable already connected, have a friend touch and hold the ground cable to post and if you are not sure which wire to the solenoid you need, it will be the one that lights the tester, not the larger hot wire to the large nut at the front of the solenoid, but one of the 2 other smaller wires. If the key is off and when the battery cable is touched and held, and if the starter is engaged and light is on, stop the test. Look that wire over to see if it touching or melted together somewhere between the solenoid and ignition switch. If not, you will need to replace the switch. Follow my instructions step by step, and we can solve you're problem. Keep me informed. Good Luck, and be safe, Sincerely,
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PS Like I said, please try and look the wiring over as it could be touching a Hot wire causing it to be energized all the time.


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How about some history? Did you replace the starter recently? If so why? Did it do this before you disconnected the battery? Why was the battery disconnected? Either there is a short at the starter solenoid or wires are crossed at the solenoid, or there is a ignition switch problem, or there is a short at the neutral switch. But telling all the history will help narrow it down.

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You have a bad starter solenoid.starter solenoid not disengaging getting it's voltage from battery.replace starter

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