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Old 03-21-2018, 01:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For a Suzuki Forenza 2005: So after installing the starter I connect the negative battery terminal and it sparks a lot, I have pictures of the installation. So what is wrong? https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7v7k4ovoe...Z9QIppO_a?dl=0
This is the starter I bought: https://www.autozone.com/batteries-s...411123_23521_0

It would be great if anyone can send me pictures of the solenoid connections.
Thank you so much
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Sparks-bad!!

There is only one big cable that connects the solenoid to the battery and that goes to the Plus + terminal.
The other big terminal on the solenoid should already be connected to the starter's internal cable.

Then the small wire that connects the ignition switch circuit plugs onto the small terminal on the solenoid, (that is like the on-off switch.)

So the only big terminal without any wires on it goes to the battery +
and one little wire goes to the only little terminal.



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The starter uses the engine block and its ground strap as a ground or return for the circuit
One cable goes to the positive terminal of the battery and the other end connects to the larger lug on the starter
An ignition wire coming from the ignition switch goes to the small terminal on the solenoid of the starter
When the key is turned to crank, the ignition wire has power to power solenoid
and then crank the engine

If you took off the battery when you changed the starter then that is proper procedure
Reconnecting the battery and seeing sparks .. although is not what we want .. it does happen
Just make sure terminals and polarity is correct.

How is the engine and rest of the car running??

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Thanks for the response, the many spark from the battery scrapped the battery terminal significantly. It cannot be normal. I had to quickly and carefully remove the battery terminal before any hydrogen gas could ignite.
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Thank you Donewrken and avisitor, the problem is now fixed. The starter was unistall tested and installed again and it works.
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Thanks for the update.
Appreciate it when someone comes back to tell us the fix
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