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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 8th, 18, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Can anyone tell me what color the solenoid for the steel casing and is there a way to test the solenoid off the starter. Also is there a way to test a wiper motor switch. Thanks for any help.
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Re: Starter solenoid

The solenoid body is black and the Bakelite cap is usually black too. Most commonly used Delco number for cars from 1957 thru 1975 is D969 or 1114356. Far as I know they can't be tested off of the starter. As far as the wiper switch, it grounds either one or two circuits from the wiper motor. The wiper motor itself is always "hot".

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Re: Starter solenoid

Thanks Jon the cap is still brown in color with the delco logo in the middle, it it still black. Again thanks
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Can anyone tell me what color the solenoid for the steel casing and is there a way to test the solenoid off the starter. Also is there a way to test a wiper motor switch. Thanks for any help.
Can't help you on the color as I don't want to be a "poser" but if you have a decent ohm meter you can check the solenoid to see if the windings show a resistance or an open. This would be just a very basic test for one thing but one could put it on the starter and on the car to see how it does in real life. On an original solenoid on my 68 Chevy II Nova, I was comfortable taking it apart and inside there is a disc as well as a bolt head that when the solenoid get's activated they connect to each other and on mine the bolt head had some pitting and wear and I was able to rotate the bolt a half a turn to get it to an undisturbed spot and did a little sanding on the disc to clean off some pitting and reassembled things. Inside the solenoid cap are other things like a tab for connecting a 12V output for the ignition coil when the solenoid is activated and this may need attention. On the solenoid there is a steel slug that is attached to the starter and it gets pulled into it and if this assembly is not working as it should one could assume it's a bad solenoid but may very well issues somewhere else. If you do a google search, there should be exploded views of the starter and solenoid to help you get an idea as to what is going on with the starter and the solenoid.

As far as the wiper switch, if you know what terminals connect to other ones when the switch is in different positions, one could use an ohm meter to check things but here again too, maybe wire it up like it would be in real life so you can verify things in a real life situation.

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Wiper switch, as suggested, applies a ground to the speed selected.
You may have to remove switch from dash and polish/sand back side of dash for better continuity.

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Re: Starter solenoid

Thanks to both of you I will need to check out both the starter and solenoid. Thanks again for the help.
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