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I'm rehooking rebuilt starter that somebody else took out, cant see celinoid vary well now. i put posative(larger cable) on it's post cant see neg. does it go on top?

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Hi, there is no negative cable on the solenoid. There is a large hot cable from the battery that goes on top. The other cable is the start wire from the ignition switch or relay, and it goes on the smaller "S" terminal, which is usually closest to the engine. If you have a big ground wire there, hook it to the engine or one of the starter mounting bolts. It may be easier to connect the wires before bolting the starter in place. Please let me know if you have more question, and thanks for using FixYa.

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