In a car or motorcycle, the starter motor is switched by a relay. The relay coil is switched by a key switch or small pushbutton. All of it is a 12 volt DC system.
Is it correct to think of the relay coil as having a very large resistance, and the starter motor as having very low resistance?
I'm trying to build my (so far nonexistent) electronic intuition. I know that there must be many, many more amps running through the starter motor and its large wires than through the starter button and its tiny wires. I'm struggling to understand (like deep down inside me) why the amps aren't running willy nilly through the starter button as soon as its closed, rather than through the motor which is doing a lot of work. Does the coil in the relay have a lot of resistance to lower the amperage, or is there a better way to understand what's going on?