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Trying to figure where all the wires connect on a/c contacter?

Replacing contacter on outside a/c unit.i have all my wires connected,except one single black wire left.This is a single pole w/ 3 red wires on top left side of contacter and 2 black wires on top right side. There are 2 blue wires 1 on each side of contacter, and of course the 2 main power wires on either side on bottom. My problem is I dont quite know where this little black wire goes. Can you give me some insight?

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The two wires coming from your inside unit. They are the low voltage wires go on either side of the contactor coil. You should not have two blues on one side. see if the black wire comes from inside unit. Rus

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