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Does a 1972 ford v8 351 truck starter need a ground or just pos power

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Just positive. The starter grounds to the engine.

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Sorry iam a thick brit having problems with your spelling which as we all know we cannot spell in the UK or pronounce aluminium or tomatoes so the man to ask is emmisionwiz as hes a ford dealer fitter with enough years under his belt to know exactly what you need to know ,so try a direct question ,but for this year with a seperate regulator why not try a alternator off a later model with a built in regulator ,as for the starter motor then a wire from the contact switch on the back of the key switch that has power when the key is turned to the start position and this wire goes to the small terminal on the starter motor .I do not the facility of a fancy pen thing attached to my computer that i can draw a quick pic for you .

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My negative and ground wire was replaced by me on a 94 Ford Tempo, Once replaced the ground wire was not hooked up right. I finally got the ground to work but now my starter is acting up. Sometimes the car...


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Make sure you return your old unit to the parts store for your core credit.

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1989 Ford F150 5.0 Auto 2wd. Was Driving in the city and all of a sudden the truck started stumbling lost all power and turned off. Got her towed home noticed the ground to battery was cracked replaced...


If the positive cable is on the wrong side, yes no power. The positive must be on the up side of the solenoid along with the other wires (except your start wire which goes on the small post). The cable going to the starter hooks on the down side. The ground goes to a ground (usually to the motor).

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pos lead is used to measure ground...that means that the power goes through the fuel level sending unit and the ground lowers the power out from the unit....I would replace the fuel level sending unit.

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not correct
the negative wire should be attached under the head of a mounting bolt for the starter
the circuit is that the power goes into the positive terminal ( big terminal) through the solenoid when activated out the second big terminal through the fields and armature to ground
the power to activate the solenoid is either from a power wire from the ignition switch to a small terminal on the solenoid through the windings to ground that activates the solenoid and closes a set of contacts in the solenoid to allow the power across the 2 big terminals

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