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Old 03-16-2004, 11:34 PM
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Starter wiring problem

well my old starter funked out on me (i'm worken with a 1968 307 sbc) theres not too much electrical about it but, obviously something is wrong i wired the starter back up and when i turn the key the engine starts but when i let go of the key to stop the starter my truck just dies, i know it runs fine, i just fixed everything, then my starter went. i i'm not sure exactly what i did wrong. I know one of the smaller posts has 2 wires going to it and the other small post has one, not sure which goes to which, if someone could clairify this it would make this much easier i could definatly figure it out. i know the big one is just power. which one of those wires would prevent my engine from not getting any power? theres not much elecrtical about this engine just the starter, ignition system, and coolant temp sensor, that ties into the ignition system, not my problem. I know its something electrical in my starter, please help me. Thanks much!

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Old 03-17-2004, 06:00 PM
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Just out of curiousity when you replaced the starter did you replace the solenoid too? To check the solenoid just hook jumper wires up from the battery terminal and the igniton terminals, if your starter works then, you got a bad solenoid. hope that helps
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check ballast resister or resister wire

61chevy you might have a bad ballast resister or resister wire. It has been a few years since I have done this, but if I remember right you can check this by running a jumper wire from the positive battery post to the positive terminal on the coil. Turn the starter key, and if the car starts ok then you have a bad ballast resister or resister wire and you will need to replace that. If it does start, don't let it run long or you will burn up the points. There is also a chance you may have knocked something loose when installing the starter.
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Old 03-17-2004, 11:22 PM
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yeah i got the new solenoid/ starter set-up, i'll try that, i only have one combonation of wiring left if that doesn't work i'll go back to where i had it turning over and i'll jump the coil over to the positive on the battery. is there anyway i could do this by seeing which wires had power going to them?? or do they not have power running to them? obviously the huge power wire will have power but what about the small ones?? what about by color?? anyway to tell which wire combonation is the right one, to which solenoid???
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Old 03-18-2004, 11:31 AM
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on the solonoid.... two wires to the big post, one to the small post on the starter that has the letter "s" inscribed next to it..

the solonoid on the starter
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Old 03-19-2004, 01:59 PM
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i had it wired right it was my ignition switch, i guess it burnt out, gotta get a new one.
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