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I would follow the negative battery cable down to the starter where it connects while take a close look at the complete cable to make sure its not rubbed through and touching anyplace. If the cable looks okay, try removing the cable from the starter and see if the cable still gets hot.
Yes disconnecting the starter will only kill the starter.
Im here everyday so yes, post back with the results and we can work from there Bill. Please take a moment to rate my service so I can get credit for my time, the question remains open for follow up even after doing so, all you need to do is return to this question if need be.Thank you again.