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2015 Polaris Ranger XP900. After about a hundred operating hours, found the starter-motor running after ignition turned off. The motor finally quit after presumably burning out. After the dealership replaced it, found that it now sometimes takes two to four tries with the ignition switch to get the new motor to operate; otherwise, just hear a click each time. Then following a few days of use after replacement, the motor once again was running after ignition shut-down. Fortunately, in the interim, I had installed a knife-switch on the negative battery terminal to quickly “kill” the starter if/when again necessary. After reconnecting the battery, the starter-motor did not resume running (i.e., as it properly should not have) . And the Ranger started up normally the next try. So before further operation (and potentially burning up another $477.93) --- any ideas what the problem(s) or solution(s) might be? Your input will be much appreciated! (The dealership is “clueless” about all this, and obviously they did not fix the original problem!) Richard
 

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It could be a defective ignition switch or starter solenoid.
 

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...or the starter relay may be sticking. Swap relays with the starter and see if that solves the problem.
 

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2015 Polaris Ranger XP900. After about a hundred operating hours, found the starter-motor running after ignition turned off. The motor finally quit after presumably burning out. After the dealership replaced it, found that it now sometimes takes two to four tries with the ignition switch to get the new motor to operate; otherwise, just hear a click each time. Then following a few days of use after replacement, the motor once again was running after ignition shut-down. Fortunately, in the interim, I had installed a knife-switch on the negative battery terminal to quickly “kill” the starter if/when again necessary. After reconnecting the battery, the starter-motor did not resume running (i.e., as it properly should not have) . And the Ranger started up normally the next try. So before further operation (and potentially burning up another $477.93) --- any ideas what the problem(s) or solution(s) might be? Your input will be much appreciated! (The dealership is “clueless” about all this, and obviously they did not fix the original problem!) Richard
 

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2015 Polaris Ranger XP900. After about a hundred operating hours, found the starter-motor running after ignition turned off. The motor finally quit after presumably burning out. After the dealership replaced it, found that it now sometimes takes two to four tries with the ignition switch to get the new motor to operate; otherwise, just hear a click each time. Then following a few days of use after replacement, the motor once again was running after ignition shut-down. Fortunately, in the interim, I had installed a knife-switch on the negative battery terminal to quickly “kill” the starter if/when again necessary. After reconnecting the battery, the starter-motor did not resume running (i.e., as it properly should not have) . And the Ranger started up normally the next try. So before further operation (and potentially burning up another $477.93) --- any ideas what the problem(s) or solution(s) might be? Your input will be much appreciated! (The dealership is “clueless” about all this, and obviously they did not fix the original problem!) Richard
It’s me (Richard) replying to my original post (starter continuously running and solenoid clicking). Thanks, Rockit401 and CCRay --- think you were/are right on. Replaced the starter solenoid (under $20 on eBay) and no further repeats of the two problems (“fingers crossed”) after several subsequent starts. Now realize that the problem was probably a sticky solenoid plunger, which could/would have caused BOTH problems! As mentioned above, the subsequently-installed knife-switch on the negative battery terminal saved me this time from another (nearly $500) starter. (IMHO, I highly recommend such knife switches [$12-14 on eBay] on any vehicle you own.) Again, THANKS for your input!
 

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Glad to hear you are all fixed. The Polaris relays are terrible. My fuel pump relay sticks on after shutdown periodically. I hate to replace it with another sub-par OEM relay. Need to take mine to the auto parts store and have them find a cheaper/better solution.
 

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Glad to hear you are all fixed. The Polaris relays are terrible. My fuel pump relay sticks on after shutdown periodically. I hate to replace it with another sub-par OEM relay. Need to take mine to the auto parts store and have them find a cheaper/better solution.
It’s Richard yet once again, commenting on my two posts above. Well, after several dozen successful starts with the replacement solenoid, the new solenoid once again started occasionally sticking in the closed position (i.e., leaving the starter motor running after the engine was running). As mentioned above, pulling the knife switch on the negative battery terminal shut down everything. But also discovered that banging on the solenoid opened it, so knew definitely that a potentially sticking ignition switch was NOT the problem. So purchased yet another replacement solenoid --- only to have it stick closed on just the second try! Maybe CCRay is right that these “Polaris relays are terrible”? So have now resorted to installing a knife switch* on the outgoing solenoid terminal, and pulling it immediately after each startup (i.e., saves from shutting down the engine when using the battery knife-switch). This means, of course, that the storage-pan under the passenger seat is permanently removed, and that the front seat must be up with each start. Grrr-. (* Used a knife-blade battery-switch designed for side-terminal batteries. Found that the less expensive type with a knob was too imprecise in operation. To install either type, had to grind down the switch terminal somewhat to fit onto the solenoid post.)
 
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