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On a previous thread I have posted about a backfeed problem which was subsequently solved. (burnt relay with backfeed into ignition system). In the process I had replaced the start switch, after which the solonoid would not activate in start. (due to improper placement of the ignition switch-- which I discovered later). I pulled the starter and solonoid and they checked ok. Then I noted that the wires to the solonoid were heat damaged and needed replacement and repositioning away from the exhaust. I did that by cutting off the burned ends and carefully soldering new extentions using double butt connectors, butane soldering iron and making sure that the solder flowed into the hot joints. I then tested the new terminal leads with an ohm meter. They were not attached to the solonoid at that time. I found no continuity between the hot leads and the "S" terminal until the ignition switch was in "start" position. So far so good.
Then I checked the unattached solonoid terminals and also found no continuity between the large hot terminal and "S" terminal. So far so good.
But-- when I hooked the leads up to their terminals, then I got continuity with the switch in ANY position. None of the leads were touching in the hookup. I am fearful of hooking up the battery now since it appears that current will go directly to the starter in the off position. Help!
Just for the record, I did not rewire the ignition, leave any loose wires hanging or any such thing. I also got a new a/c wiring harness for a more protected a/c but it hooked up the same way as before and I even disconnected it while pondering the above and it made no difference.
Any advice greatly appreciated. rapsag

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Never mind, problem solved.

Went ahead and powered up since I was satisfied all wires were where they belonged and found no shorted or ungrounded leads in the areas I had worked. Bingo! Everything works and the engine turns over (coil wire pulled). Will start it later after housekeeping and hanging up the mess under the dash. Sorry to cry wolf.
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Hey Rap, sounds like all went well. Check out the electrical section, you may be able to help a few members. Dan
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