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Old 06-18-2008, 10:37 PM
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OK members I have a buddy that needs help I told him you all are the greatest whats happening is he has a 63 Ford Fairlane with a 289 engine he said that when he hooks up the hot wire to the solenoid the engine starts to turn over by it self any ideas? Thanks! RJ
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Old 06-19-2008, 10:19 AM
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When you say Hot Wire, are you talking about the battery cable to the solenoid, or the keyed start/crank wire? Also is he installing a new solenoid?

There is only 1 wire that hooks to the "S" terminal, which comes from the ignition switch. The "I" terminal has 1 wire the goes to the coil while cranking. The main battery positive cable goes to the post(usually) closest to the "S" terminal. All other accessory power wires hook there also. The other battery cable to the starter hooks on the other large post.

I've never tried this, and I don't know what would happen if you hooked up the solenoid back-wards. Maybe he is installing it up side down.
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If the wire for ignition bypass goes to the S terminal, it will do that..
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If the wire for ignition bypass goes to the S terminal, it will do that..
Hey Matt!

36 years of working on cars for a living, I've never seen this. My question to you is, How do you know this? LOL

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63 Fairlane starter.

Battery cable to the solenoid.
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Hey Matt!

36 years of working on cars for a living, I've never seen this. My question to you is, How do you know this? LOL
When I did some wiring on my Falcon, I tied the relays switched power from the I terminal.. wasn't paying attention and hooked them up backwards
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Battery cable to the solenoid.
Take a ohm meter and measure the ohms from the battery cable post to the S terminal, with the wires disconnected. If you find any resistance the solenoid is bad.
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Battery cable to the solenoid.
Obviously the solenoid is closed.
It should be normally open until the S (starter) terminal from the ignition switch triggers it for start.

Probably bad solenoid.
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