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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 5th, 03, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone had problems with new soleniods sticking. I replaced the starter and soleniod about 6 months ago and its still doing the same problem. Someone told me that I could use a volt meter to test the soleniod (but I don't know how). Sometimes it just clicks when trying to crank it. It clicks four or five times then starts (so far) I'm scared to drive it anywhere and shut it off for the fear of it not cranking back up. Sometimes it even does it when its cold but mostly it does it when the engine heats up. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 69 Convertible RS, 350/300
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 5th, 03, 05:36 PM
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If it did it before you changed your starter and solenoid, it might be something else. Do your lights go dim when you try the starter? If they do than it might be something like your battery connections? Rhat
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 6th, 03, 08:02 PM
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Check connections, check neutral safety switch and ignition switch.
Last one I had that did what you are experiencing was a bad ign switch. You get power at the solenoid but not enough to trigger it properly.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 6th, 03, 08:06 PM
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One thing to mind when starting is how long you hold the starter in. It's anywhere from 5-20 seconds. Some starters are 5 second and some can go 20 or so. Amps being pulled thru the solenoid and starter are picky issues for both of them seperately with their own burn out times. Even if it's super cold don't hold that starter engaged for over the time. What the time is? I don't know. But 5 seconds is the max I'd advise giving it a shot of juice to be sure things don't go bad.
Some battery's don't handle heat too well and get weak plus if you have headers the heat will heat the wires and the hotter the wires in your starter the less power they will transfer. Electricity only flows on the exterior of the wire which is why for heavy voltage and amp flows it is advisable to have the thin strand cabling style of wire. Check your wires to starter and make sure they aren't heavy strand gage wires. Thin strands but thick total wire gage.
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