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You hooked it up wrong . Is there power at the purple wire all the time ?
ignition the starter was (winding ) ???as soon as I reconnected the battery.
The starter cranks the engine !It's really called a cranking motor not starter . Do you know where that comes from ? Before electric starters you cranked the engine by hand . Suggest you take it to a qualified repair shop.
Have you inspected the belt? It is probably stretched or damaged...the belt turns the power steering unit, and charges your battery via the alternator...(low battery light) Did you drive through some deep water last night? Be sure to inspect this so you do not get stranded. Hope this helps.
When was last "healthy tune up" - plugs, wires, ALL fluids & filters including fuel filter? I would start there, makes a good "ground zero" starting point. If problems continue then have OBII scan done (autozone, advance, etc.. good parts stores) will do the fault scans for free. PS: also run a good fuel system cleaner through it.
does the temp gauge or light come on? is the car over heating? .... oh and a starter can test fine when its cold, but the heat soak from the engine and exhaust affect it's performance drastically. it sounds like you need a new starter.
Well you need to do some investigating. You need to determine if it is ignition or fuel causing the problem. The cheapest way it to purchase a fuel injection pressure tester and hook it up leaving the guage where you can easily see it from the drivers seat. Take it for a ride til it acts up and watch the guage. If you lose fuel pressue then you got your issue. If not then you need to start testing individual ignition parts such as the ignition module and crank sensor
It sounds like your starter failed, more specifically your starter solenoid. But it is mounted right to the starter and sold together as a package deal. Most auto part stores can test these if you take the starter to them. Another quick check you can do is to turn on the headlights and try to start the van, if the lights do not dim, that is another good indication the starter failed. If the lights were to dim a lot it could mean its time to look at the battery, but from what you describe, I'm 99% sure its starter. Expect to pay probably 100-150 dollars for it. (P.S. whoever takes the starter off, make sure to disconnect negative battery cable from battery first or sparks may fly)