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Ron, 1997 Ford explorer starter issue, short caused wires

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Hi Ron,
1997 Ford explorer starter issue, short caused wires from starter relay to melt, replaced the solenoid wire, starter, and starter relay starter will still not engage
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  david craig replied 2 months ago.

Hi Im David, thanks for visiting the site. Go ahead and check these fuses and let me know if they are good.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
David, this is a manual trans, when we roll it, it will start.
Expert:  david craig replied 2 months ago.

ok, needed to know that. standby

Expert:  david craig replied 2 months ago.

same fuses

Expert:  david craig replied 2 months ago.

also, I want you to jumper the clutch switch

Expert:  david craig replied 2 months ago.

Hows it going?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
the vehicle is not close to my PC, so responses are delayed. Right now I found a ground on the wire we replaced going to the starter So I need to seek that out. I have the new starter with the dongle for the technical note to use that connection. I will be using that instead of the slip on connector that was on the old starter.
Expert:  david craig replied 2 months ago.

ok, sorry, not trying to rush. just wanting to help. let me know if you need anything.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
David, the 12 v feed to the starter from the relay should not be reading a ground on the starter, correct?
Expert:  david craig replied 2 months ago.

correct. power should never read to ground

Expert:  david craig replied 2 months ago.

thats the solenoid control

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
ok then the post reads ground to starter casing. So looks like defective starter.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
new starter
Expert:  david craig replied 2 months ago.

and the wire looks ok?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
we replaced wires with new ones
Expert:  david craig replied 2 months ago.

then another starter it is my friend

Expert:  david craig replied 2 months ago.

heres the rest of the print

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
David, after all day working on this we had the starter tested, and also tested on the truck by direct shorting to post is works, but not connected as a circuit , wire feed to the starter still gets hot. I replaced the wire feed from the solenoid to the starter with a #10 wire. but it still gets hot to the point of you cannot touch it with out getting burned. I have been a shade tree mechanic all of my 59 years of my life and this one stumps me
Expert:  david craig replied 2 months ago.

ok. im very busy at my shop rihght now. if you cant waity i canm opt out and let another tech handle this.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
you can have another mechanic call me.
Expert:  david craig replied 2 months ago.

ok. ill opt out. good luck

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
right now I am in a bind, I will be out of town for a few days and it will be impossible for me to do the trouble shooting.
Expert:  roy replied 2 months ago.

do you still need help??