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Why does my van keep trying to start its self even when the key is off

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I guess I would blame the starter solenoid on that vehicle. The solenoid should be mounted near the battery it has to 2 large teminals and 2 small ones. The small ones are marked "S" and "I" the "S" terminal gets a signal from the ignition switch via the neutral safety switch (automatic trans) to activate the solenoid, which sends power to starter motor. Try pulling the wire off the "S" terminal, if it still tries to start on it's own, the solenoid is at fault. Otherwise it could be the ignition switch or maybe mice chewing the insulation off the wires and the wires are shorting together. On a vehicle that old the insulation on the wires could be breaking down and falling off the wires. Good Luck!

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