WHY WOULD THE STARTER ACTIVATE WHEN THE IGNITION IS IN THE ON POSITION AND STAY ACTIVATED EVEN AFTER THE KEY IS REMOVED?
1989 Mercury Tracer • 185,627 miles
Car has been siting for about five years. put in new battery and about two gallons of gas, hit the key and it sorta started but didn't. when i turned the key off the starter just kept on cranking until i disconnected the battery. i took the starter to a local parts store to have tested they said it passed, replaced ignition with one from junkyard and got the same results.
First, put a new switch in. then check the wiring at the starter motor. then check the wiring back to the switch . it sounds like a wiring issue.
Already replaced the ignition and removed/reinstalled the starter.
Wiring??? a new, not used switch??