So I finally finished installing my new clutch and flywheel this weekend. I put everything back together, and connected the battery...
The negative terminal sparked a bunch, then I heard the starter begin to turn at a moderate constant rpm. I disconnected the battery, then repeated with the same results. WTF? The key is not in the ignition so I'm not sure why the starter would even have power to it.
A couple things to note:
1) I removed too many bolts when removing the starter, and accidentally disassembled the unit during my clutch install. I put it back together, but definitely could have damaged the internals or wiring during the process.
2) Taking another look, the lower mounting bolt on the starter looks like it didn't go in all the way. I used a torque wrench to the specified torque. However, the unit is flush against the engine with no noticeable gaps.
3) I also forgot to connect the small wire harness to the tab on the starter during the first power on. Realizing this, I went back in and connected, but the problem persists.
Any help would be appreciated. Also, have people had success removing the starter from below, without removing the TMIC? I'd prefer to leave everything in tact at the moment, and get the starter tested at Autozone.