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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.
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Crad.lcnm
April 2, 2012.



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.

Roy

Already replaced the ignition and removed/reinstalled the starter.

Tiny
Crad.lcnm
Apr 2, 2012.
Wiring? A new, not used switch?

Roy