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Old 02-28-2014, 06:56 PM   #1
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I just replaced the solenoid in my 65 Mustang. I went to turn it over and it was trying to start. I heard a grinding noise in between it trying to start. I turn the key and pulled it off to try again, but it didn't shutoff. I kept trying to start without they key. I'm sure I did something wrong putting the solenoid on, but what did I do wrong? Any help would be great.
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Look for any wires or cables that may be touching one another. Or touching ANYTHING except the terminal that they should be on.
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Nothing is hanging or loose. The wires on the solenoid itself are touching, but that's how I took it off. Click image for larger version

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Old 02-28-2014, 07:20 PM   #4
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What order do the wires go on?
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:27 PM   #5
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The cable on the right isn't touching the fender is it?
They go on the same way they came off. It looks right in the pic.
I've had a bad solenoid do the exact same thing that you describe.
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I would hate to have it towed to the garage for something like a solenoid, but it's better than sitting collecting dust.
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Why did you replace the solenoid?
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I suggest having someone watch the engine as you crank to make sure there isn't any voltage jumping around
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Did you clean up where the solenoid attaches to the apron? Thats what grounds the the solenoid, i had a bad ground connection there and my car wouldn't start and it took me for ever to figure it out
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Your wiring looks correct. As far as the car still cranking while the key is not turned to the "start" position....
1) The small wire hooked to the trigger stud ( the wire with the red crimp connector), you need to check it for voltage when the key is not in the start position. If there is still voltage, you need to look elsewhere, such as ignition switch to determine why voltage is not being cut.
2) If there is no voltage at the above mentioned wire while the key is not in the start position, it appears that this new solenoid is sticking. While its still cranking without the key in the "start" position, try rapping it lightly with a blunt object to see if it disengages the starter.
If it is determined that the solenoid is faulty, I'd suggest a quality part such as "standard ignition" and highly recommend " standard blue streak".
Cheapie parts such as Duralast etc are prone to failure.
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:24 PM   #11
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I cleaned up all the connections and have it another try. It wouldn't turn off so I gave it a tap and it shut off. It's a brand new part from motorcraft. I am going to put on the old one and see if that solves it. I just wanted to get opinions first. I replaced the solenoid thinking it was the reason my car wouldn't start but it turned out to be the battery.
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Extemely rare for a solenoid to crap out. Starting problems are usually a result of 1. battery, 2. starter motor, or 3. solenoid...in that order. If tapping it stopped your motor from cranking, I would suggest you had a bad "new" part and should return it. Problem is most places will not refund on electrical parts. Cost of learned lesson.
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I bought this from CJ Pony Parts. Where can I find one that will work. I still have my working original solenoid but it's pretty old. I'd like to replace it. That is if I can find somebody to ship me a working one.
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I bought this from CJ Pony Parts. Where can I find one that will work. I still have my working original solenoid but it's pretty old. I'd like to replace it. That is if I can find somebody to ship me a working one.

CJPP is pretty reliable. I'd give them a call and see if they'll ship you a replacement, or at least get your money back.
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I bought this from CJ Pony Parts. Where can I find one that will work. I still have my working original solenoid but it's pretty old. I'd like to replace it. That is if I can find somebody to ship me a working one.
The Ford starter solenoid relay has been around since long before the Mustang and should be able to be found at any auto parts store. They are reasonably inexpensive and should last almost forever. Good luck.
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I took the new one off and replaced it with my original. It fired right up. I am down to only one issue now. I hope I am able to get it done as easily.
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