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Well i have a problem yesterday i change my starter selenoid on my 89 ford crown victoria ltd, i just thought i change it because the old one had corrosion on the screw posts so i changed it thinking it il give it a better start the car has a wire that goes from the negative to the ground well that wire is a bit cut just the plastic on it so the coil wires are somewhat exposed i put some black electrical tape so their wouldnt b no problems but i bought it like that it also came wit h a small battery looks somewhat old with all that having said today in the morning i went to start it and as i cranked it once it didnt start but when i cranked it the second time it was cranking by itself i would turn the key to the off position and it would still be cranking by itself i would turn the key on and off and the car was just cranking itself even when i took the key off it scared me for a bit it was cranking itself for about 2,3minutes and then the battery died out can someone help me please, when i put the and the electrical tape i put around the exposed wire burned as the car was cranking by itself the negative post wire was very hot can some one help me please.

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  • magikk19 Apr 26, 2010

    thanks, but where is my ignition selenoid

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You replaced the starter solenoid...but what about the ignition solenoid?

You should still have one of these on an older vehicle. Maybe its old and sticking?

You should also have your battery load tested. It might be putting out low amps or voltage and contributing to the problem. Low voltage can be an big wear factor if allowed to happen long term.

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  • john andrew manchook Apr 26, 2010

    You should be able to trace the low voltage lines back from the starter to the ignition solenoid.



    On Fords I see them on the back firewall or the fender on same side as the starter.



    Good luck and be careful!

  • john andrew manchook Apr 26, 2010

    I see from an Autozone diagram it shows the solenoid on the back of the bendix drive on the starter itself.



    Perhaps your starter itself is sticking? I just saw a great show on TV that did a starter clean removal and clean up. I believe the show is Horsepower TV. RTM productions distributes the show.



    Please....also do the battery test since three minutes seems like a short run for the starter.

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