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STARTER WILL NOT DISENGAGE & KEEPS BURNING THE SELINOID SWITCH

I'VE GONE THROUGH TWO FENDER MOUNTED SELINOID SWITCHES; STARTER WON'T DIS-ENGAGE. I FOUND OUT THAT 1983 PART IS CANADIAN MADE & THE POSTS WERE REVERSED. FIGURED THAT OUT, BUT I STILL KEEP BURING UP SWITCHES.

MY DAD SAYS IT'S IN THE ACTUAL IGNITION SWITCH. I THINK IT'S IN THE STARTER ITSELF, MAYBE A SHORT. ANY CLUES?

I REALLY DON'T WANT TO LOSE TO HIM ON THIS ONE!

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  • brian-mckelv Oct 21, 2008

    Ya, same problem, I got 86 Bronco, about 2 years ago just started to have this problem. went through 2 selinoids. This is what I did, replace starter, negitive battery cable found out it was shorting out on the frame, replace selinoid switch.

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It could be several things, here are some things to check. first make sure that the wire to the solenoid that engages the solenoid to crank the starter has no bare spots or shorted to any other wires in its bundle. second check how many amps the starter is drawing when cranking, if you dont have the tester advance or autozone will do this test for free. make note that a bad starter will draw too many amps. causing a solenoid to stick by the contacts welding together. make sure all grounds are tight. make sure the solenoid is not shorting to the fender well. check the volts and aps from the ignition sw. also make sure the battery is not too high of amps for the truck seen that before also. and lastly be very careful when conecting the battery and starter cables to the solenoid. you can damage the sw by overtightening the nuts. sometimes the solenoid will actually break. or crack if you get the nuts too tight. all you do is snug the nuts up so you cant turn the wires with your hand. breaking or cracking the solenoid will also cause them to fail. check these things and good luck james.

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This is usually a low voltage problem new battery check for corrosin

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