There are 3 wires that are not connected to the starter. The smallest has 12 volt when connected to the biggest (or positive wire) and the middle size one had 12 volt when connected to the positive wire. Then I unplugged the ignition switch and now it has no power going to it, the middle sized negative wire that is. The small one has 12 volts still. I assume this is the ground. There is no key in the car and the starter is not powered.
You know I had a starter break before and then one broke a month before when I didn't own the vehicle. Never buy a car from a drunk Irishman or any drunk person for that matter. But the first time the starter broke I had power going to it and some how it ceased. And I did not unplug the ignition module, but I one thing I did that was similar is I removed the lower trim panel under the steering wheel. I also adjusted the steering wheel to get this panel off. That might have been what caused the voltage to stop being sent to the starter, since I'm not sure exactly when the voltage went to 0 between the positive wire and the middle sized negative wire. No power can be sent to the disconnected starter right now via the positive wire and the middle negative wire. The black wire with white stripe and red wire on the ignition switch has no voltage going through it, but seem to function, the switch, that is.
I think an aftermarket alarm might be the source of my problems, is this possible (It's not a remote start)? I can't seem to locate it, but parts of it could be inside the panel under steering column. I can take some pictures of this area and post it here. How can I tell if I have a defective ignition cylinder?
I'm not sure I can add a button to prevent this from happening again. The car was sending power to the starter without have any power go through the black wire with white stripe and the red wire, which are the crank wires. I measured them pretty well I thought, but I could have fouled up. This is making me think that adding a start button will not protect my starter. Maybe I have a remote starter on my alarm without even knowing it.starter on my alarm without even knowing it.
Last edited by jimmy154; 01-10-2011 at 03:12 PM.