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Need a wiring diagram/picture for the start solenoid on a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2L automatic. There are 2 fusible links, the positive battery cable and two other wires. 4 wirese come out of the harness that attaches to the radiator fan shroud, 1 wire comes from the wire harness above the starter (from the top of the engine) and the final wire is the positive batter cable. Thanks

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There should be one wire with a small eyelet connector on it, this is the starter field wire from the ignition switch and it should be connected to the small terminal on the starter solenoid marked "S" (this wire is usually purple, but it can also be red or pink)

All of the other wires to the starter including any fusible links, will have a larger eyelet connector on them, and they will all connect together with the battery cable, to the large upper terminal on the starter solenoid, sometimes marked "BAT".

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