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Car wont start turn key nothing two wires going to starter only one connected

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  • rdrdstpm May 14, 2010

    yes the little wire is not connected to anything

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There should be two connections at the starter. one is large power wire will have a nut locking it down and be shielded to avoid contact. the other should be a connector with smaller wire. but both are needed. why is one not connected?

Posted on May 14, 2010

  • Joseph Gargani
    Joseph Gargani May 14, 2010

    is there a connector on the end of the wire?

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