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84 Bronco Xlt 302 starter issue

Ok, so I have a 1984 Bronco XLT 302 automatic that, about 2 months ago, started giving me problems with the starter after I replaced it. I bought the best starter they had at Autozone (which might be my first problem) and put it on. Started fine for a couple of weeks then I tried starting it one day and it just spun and didn't turn the flywheel. So I returned it thinking I got a bad starter, and the same thing happened again. Then I read there was a difference in auto and manual starters, returned it and made sure I got the one for automatic. Alas same thing keeps happening. Strange thing is, if I loosen the bolts out, jiggle the starter around,then bolt it back down, it will start a few times then just spin and not engage the flywheel. I tried this today and as I was starting it the bracket on the starter broke so I think I'm going for a better starter off of Auto Parts Warehouse. Could it be a poor quality starter from Autozone? Any ideas? Thanks guys!
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Could be a bad starter solenoid on the fender or bad cables too.
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I had a similar situation the other day. Tapped the fender solenoid a couple times...Fired right up.

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I've replaced the solenoid recently so I'm thinking it's good. And like I said, if I loosen the starter and reattach it, it works, which also makes me think it's not the solenoid. I'm getting in a better starter tomorrow so I'll see if that works. It has a starter mounted solenoid so I'm going to have to figure out how to rewire with the Fender mounted solenoid. Any ideas and how that works? I've only had starters with no solenoid and just the Fender mount.
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I've replaced the solenoid recently so I'm thinking it's good. And like I said, if I loosen the starter and reattach it, it works, which also makes me think it's not the solenoid. I'm getting in a better starter tomorrow so I'll see if that works. It has a starter mounted solenoid so I'm going to have to figure out how to rewire with the Fender mounted solenoid. Any ideas and how that works? I've only had starters with no solenoid and just the Fender mount.
The fender mounted solenoid is grounded through the two bolts that attach it to the fender.
Clean (sand or wire brush) the area where the solenoid touches the fender, and replace the bolts with star washers or some other method to insure that you have a good ground.

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Mikey350 I think the ground is good on the solenoid, it's only when I unattached the starter and reattach it that it works, not the solenoid, there is no starter mounted solenoid if that's what your referring to.
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I bought a PowerMaster starter with more torque and it seems to have fixed the problem. Before, I had changed the starter out every other week thinking something else was wrong and just breaking the starter but now I'm thinking the starters from Autozone are just too "universal" that they don't fit some models properly.
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