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1997 a couple of questions #1 what is the function of the black wire that is cliped on to the key tumbler # 2 what is the function of the electronical box to the side of the battery, what all does this control, # 3 i have a black wire that comes out of the main wiring harness under dash that goes through firewall that goes from black wire then sodered to bare wire what does this black wire control. # 4 my main problem whic i dont know if any of the before has anything to do with it but my car wont start it seems like all the accessories are working but the turn signals but the flashers work , the starter works but when i go to start the car there is no power going to the starter what is going on here

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Black wire is always a ground wire but if it was installed later on (from an aftermarket alarm, radio, amp, etc) then it could be hot. Get a multimeter and touch the end of the black wire with the vehicle turned on and see if it has power running through it, if it does have power then tape it off with some black electrical tape untill you figure out where it goes. The box next to the battery under the hood is where all of the relays are located (fuel pump relay, main relay etc) and they look like big square mini boxes when pulled out. Check that your battery cables are firmly attached to the battery and look closly at the red positive battery cable and follow it down to the starter and make sure it is not loose. If your battery cables are good then check your fuse located underneath the drivers side steering wheel. Remove the plastic cover and there will be a diagram that shows what fuse controls what componant, replace the fuse that goes to the starter. If your starter fuse and relay are good then your stater solinoid has failed and you will need to replace the starter or have it rebuilt

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