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Which side of Starter Solenoid do you put the Pos.side of battery cable to

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It doesn't matter. Usually the side that's closer to the battery.

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2. Pull the wire off of the solenoid "S" connector and place the end of the test light into the end of the wire connector and turn the ignition switch to the start position, the test light should light up when the key is in the start position.

If the test light does light up with the key in the start position then it is the solenoid or the starter that has a problem.

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