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starter question

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by beater_k20, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. beater_k20

    beater_k20 Banned

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    what is the second small terminal on the starter solenoid for? and what would happen if i were to hook the solenoid wire to the wrong pole?
     
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    JEBSR 1/2 ton status

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    It feeds power to the ignition while in the start position. It hasn't been used in years though. If you look on some of them they are initialed st and ign. If you put the start wire on the ign post nothing will happen when you try and start it.
     
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    What he said. On a points type ignition system, the small post feeds full voltage to the distributor while the starter is engaged. When you let the key return to the run position, that post is dead.
     
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    I just replaced the points type dist. on a 74 blazer with an hei unit, and now my ignition sw. won't stop the eng. could the problem be that extra wire on the starter? If so how do i cure this prob? Thanks.
     
  5. dontoe

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    The only time the ign terminal on the solenoid is "hot" is when the switch is turned to start the engine.

    What wire is the "new" distributor you installed connected to? If you ran a new, heavier wire like you needed to, it should go to a fuse block terminal that's only "hot" when the ign switch is in the run position.

    Use a test light to find that.
     
  6. 78k54x4

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    Thanks for the fast reply "DONTOE", Yea that was the prob. I ran a 10ga. wire but had it hooked to the wrong place on the fuse block. Thanks again.
     

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