Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Great Northwest Washington
Starter keeps spinning without key in ignition
Why would a starter still spin after the ignition switch is turned off and the key is taken out. My 79 trans am just developed this problem. It's only a 2 year old rebuilt starter. Today, while up in the mountains, in the middle of nowhere, I shut the car off to let my dog outside for a bit. When we got back in I cranked it over, and the starter and engine just kept spinning, without firing, while the key was in "engine on" position, and with the key in "off" position, and with the key out. I've read from other people that a solenoid going bad, or getting stuck will cause this, but why would it continue to draw power and engage the gear when the ingition switch that supplies power is turned "off"? I would figure, one there's no power coming down the ignition line to the solenoid, there would be no more problem. So, I was thinking of replacing the starter switch in the sterring columb. But, now I'm uncertain. Can anyone explain how the solenoid continues to get power when the key is off?