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1998 Concorde 3.2L smoking jumpers


Not sure if new solenoid contacts on the way will fix what is quite obviously a short circuit originating from my starter/solenoid. After burning and melting 2 sets of jumper cables, I used a DMM and tested the continuity function for beeps and one of the three positive cable rings that go together at the remote positive side battery terminal is making a solid continuity contact (DMM beeps) with the negative post at passenger strut tower. After isolating and removing the positive cable that goes to the starter at the positive battery cable rings (only having 2 cables together, one being the cable that connects to positive terminal at battery and the other to the fusebox) I was able to get interior and dash lights to turn on. So that third positive cable that goes to the starter solenoid is definitely the culprit making contact with ground. My question is, will new replacement solenoid contacts most likely fix a shorted circuit from the starter/solenoid?

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Spent almost a couple hours getting access to and removing the starter and discovered what happened. Previous owner did a half ass job working on starter replacement previously and must've broke the posi-clip and signal wire that connects to the ignition as he had repaired it with another wire but the worst part is when re-installing everything he must've allowed this wire to be pinched with nut that tightens the starter positive big hot cable as this is what I saw. This must've created the short circuit and explains the constant clicking every time I reconnected the battery terminals. Solenoid contacts looked okay, not perfect, but definitely not pitted enough to warrant a rebuild. Insulation from the pinched small signal cable must've held up fine until recently because on the day car died I kept hearing starter noise along with engine running sound until everything went silent as battery crapped out from short circuit.

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