1997 Volvo 850 Starter won't stop

Tiny
SPITMONKEY
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  • 1997 VOLVO 850
  • 2.4L
  • 5 CYL
  • TURBO
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 179,000 MILES
I was pulling into my driveway and I heard a loud grinding noise. When I stopped and turned off the engine, the grinding noise stopped, but the starter continued to run. Disconnecting the battery stopped the starter, but when reconnecting the battery, I hear a click (I'm assuming the solenoid) and the starter starts and continues to run. I tried disconnecting the ignition switch, but still the same problem.
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Sunday, May 4th, 2014 AT 9:35 AM

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Tiny
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Remove the smaller solenoid wire from the starter solenoid, then reconnect the battery. (Be careful of the sparks; batteries give off explosive hydrogen gas). If the starter still cranks by itself, the solenoid is stuck. That can be caused by a warped housing or a sticky shaft the drive gear slides on, but more commonly by worn contacts and the contact disc on the plunger is getting wedged between them.
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Sunday, May 4th, 2014 AT 11:12 AM

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