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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old Jul 10th, 18, 2:23 PM
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Re: Electrical Ground Issue - Starter

"There is no external ground wire on the solenoid it is internally grounded to the chassis."

Key word in my reply is the last word above, "chassis", should really read two words, "ENGINE BLOCK", as the solenoid is grounded to the starter, starter to the ENGINE BLOCK, block should be the "buss bar" for everything else, chassis, sheet metal, with main ground cable back to battery negative terminal. IF there is a separate smaller gauge ground wire off the battery cable at battery, yes, then to the chassis.
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post #17 of 18 (permalink) Old Jul 10th, 18, 2:57 PM
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Re: Electrical Ground Issue - Starter

[QUOTE=IceBurk;10898758When it will not turn over and no click, I jump it from another vehicle, it then turns over like normal.[/QUOTE]

This might be a hint as to what is going on, or maybe not.

When you hooked up the jumper cables was this to the two battery post cable ends on your battery ?. If so, then this would lead me to believe a connection issue between the battery cable ends and the posts of the battery. If there was an issue down from those cable ends into the wire attached to them and then down to the starter for power and then on the other cable for engine block for a ground, then the issue should have still been present.

Also what type of ends do you have on your cables going to the battery ?.

If it's this style below, you can do better and while others have used them without issue, I've replaced my share through the years. They are cheap and there is a reason for that.

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post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 18, 6:30 AM
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Re: Electrical Ground Issue - Starter

If the car starts with a jumper battery, then don't see how it can be the solenoid.

As Jim says, check the battery cable connections; clean & remove any corrosion. Make sure the grd cable bolts to clean metal on the engine, no paint or rust.
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