There's four different starter systems Ford used over the years. Most have the solenoid mounted on the inner fender near the battery. That's the one that can give people trouble because there are multiple wires on one of the large terminals. Ford just used that as a convenient tie point for multiple circuits that come right off the battery. If you're working down by the starter, there should only be one large cable and one small wire. If that's not what you have, describe the wires.
I can't get into Ford's web site, and their service manuals on DVD are really screwed up and won't work on any of my computers.
I think what you have is the third section, "Ford Late Model Starter System". The diagram is more complicated than needs to be for your purposes. If you have two wires, a large cable and a small wire, on your starter, those are the "battery cable" and the "solenoid wire".
There could be other small wires that go to the large terminal but if there are, they are going to have to have larger terminals to fit that stud. If your problem has to do with someone cutting the terminals off, I can help you figure out which one is the solenoid wire.
Sunday, June 10th, 2012 AT 6:08 AM