My solenoid on my 74 Gran Torino Elite failed a little while ago. So right before I went out to buy a new one, I was told to go get the old broken one from the car. I have no mechanical experience whatsoever. So I simply went out to the car and un-bolted the solenoid from the vehicle. I was unaware that I was supposed to mark what side each of the wires were supposed to go on. So now I have a new solenoid in my car, but I have no idea what wires go on what side of the solenoid. I have winged it a few times now with some not so positive results. At one point without the key in the ignition or anything my car just started trying to turn over when I attached the battery back to the solenoid, and something started smoking. Another time with a different combination of wires on each side I was able to turn the car over myself but it wouldn't actually start. And the last time My buddy sprayed some starting fluid, and I attempted turning my car over. It continued turning over when I removed the keys from the ignition and I ended up having to disconnect the battery to get it to stop. So my question is, What wires go on which sides of the solenoid?
Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 AT 1:59 AM