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Dunnym

2000 Polaris Sportsman 500 Starter Engaging

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I changed the starter and starter solenoid. Battery died so I bought a new battery.  Hooked up positive post first then I went to hook up negative wire and the atv tried to start. Key is not in the ignition and start switch is not being depressed. Anyone ever have this issue?  I was going to check solenoid with meter, but haven't had a chance yet. 

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Sounds like you have wires incorrectly connected at the starter if it's automatically getting power to engage.

* Added issue to topic title.

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I appreciate the reply, but it's really hard to cross a red and black wire when there is only one post to connect the positive cable to.   I've checked the solenoid and I'm getting 12v to both post with no key installed, so I will try a new solenoid. Thanks for the reply. 

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I had purchased a new relay and that's when this problem happens. I checked it with my meter and had 12v to both post with no key installed. Bought another relay same problem.  Went to polaris and got one from them and it works like it's supposed to. Not sure how to close out a post. Thank you for your response. 

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