The starter solenoid is a relay switch that contains 2 circuits and has 3 or 4 wires connecting to and from it. Two of these wires are heavy gauge, and the remaining are smaller gauge. The two heavy gauge wires are connected to your starter and to your battery. The remaining small gauge wires are connected to the small terminals on the starter solenoid and lead to the ignition switch and to the common ground. If your starter solenoid only has one small wire or terminal, the ground is through the solenoid’s mounting bracket.
Your ignition switch is a rotary switch that when turned to one of its 3 positions connects and disconnects certain contact terminals located on its backside. In the “start” position, it connects the Battery, Ignition, Rectifier, Accessory, and Start Terminals.
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