Hi fixitmr and jediray15. Three heads are always better than two.
Along with the possibility of it being wired wrong, pull off the red / blue stripe wire plugged onto the solenoid. If the solenoid turns off, (and the starter stops cranking), reconnect the red / blue wire. If it starts cranking right away, suspect the ignition switch. If continues cranking with the red / blue wire off, the solenoid contacts have arced and welded themselves together. Resinstalling the old one will solve the problem. If the solenoid remains off until you turn the ignition switch to "crank", then it stays on again, you have a solenoid with a second small terninal for the neutral safety switch circuit and those two small wires are turned around.
The ignition switch causes a lot of problems, but not usually for the starter circuit. There are four small plastic pins that ride on a rotating cam. They push on four contacts. When those contacts overheat, they cause the plastic pins to melt and the affected contacts will remain on.
Sunday, April 4th, 2010 AT 4:47 PM