[Spridgets] Starter solenoids

Jim Johnson bmwwxman at gmail.com
Tue Sep 9 10:44:54 MDT 2008


Are you certain it is the solenoid?  Try putting 12V across the starter
first to see if it turns. My 68 did this just before LotO - nice load click
but no joy at the starter. It was the starter gone south due to my own
stupidity when over tightening the wire and breaking the strap inside loose.
Of course, if the starter turns then it is good and the problem is probably
the solenoid. Also, do a search of the archives. Not too long ago someone
mentioned a modern auto parts store solenoid which will work. I think it was
a Ford part.


On Tue, Sep 9, 2008 at 8:41 AM, Bud Osbourne <abcoz at hky.com> wrote:

> As I mentioned earlier, my starter solenoid decided to take a vacation,
> this past weekend.  Of course, this is only the preliminary diagnosis.
> I get a good "click", when I move the key to the "start" position, but
> no significant dimming of the ignition warning light to indicate that
> the starter is drawing current.  Pushing the little red button on the
> solenoid produces no response of any kind.
> This happened, intermittently, several years ago until I installed a new
> battery.  Suddenly, the "starter issue" was only a dim memory.  So,
> whatever the fault, a good, hot battery seems to overcome it.  This time
> of year, however, I ain't about to put a new battery in just weeks
> before winter storage looms.
> So, my question(s) to the group is:
>  1.) Is the original rebuildable (I haven't even looked at it, yet)?
>  2.) What's the dif between the NLA unit listed by Moss (but, like I
> said, NLA) and the unit listed for the 1500 (my car is a later 1275)?
> Off to work, now, so I'll look forward to reading the responses later.
> Thanks, guys.
> Bud Osbourne
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