Solenoid Box Servicing

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15 Sep 2003 01:44 #764 by Bill McLaughlin
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Want to check / clean solenoid box. What do I need to know / watch out for taking it out of the car and disassemblying it and what problems should I look for ?

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15 Sep 2003 11:57 #765 by Al Hatch
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Bill,

It is not much of a task to remove the solenoid bank from the car. You need to take care when removing the wires from the top and be sure to mark them with a number or some other means of identification as to what terminal you are removing them from. Once you have the switch removed from the car, examine the solenoid coils to see if the insulation looks good. Note that the coils will still be attached to the cover terminal strip. Be careful not to install them into the wrong sleeve when reassembling the switch. Examine the rubber plungers to see if their condition is good. I would recomment replacing them if you have the unit disassembled. You can get replacement from Stan Gilliland. Outside of the foregoing, there is not a lot to the solenoid switch. Just take care in the removal process and the reassembling of it and you will be fine.

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15 Sep 2003 15:02 #767 by Auburn/Cord Parts
Auburn/Cord Parts replied the topic: RE: Solenoid Box Servicing
In addition to Al's good advise, I recommend watching the little bronze springs carefully and also the placement of the gasket. There has been several excellent articles in the ACD newsletter in the last 2 or 3 years on the solenoid.

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Bill,

Since you have the solenoid box apart there is one upgrade you might want to consider. Since the little brass tabs under terminals are not the most reliable after 60 plus years you might want to solder a short wire jumper between each set of terminals(3 sets) that have the brass tabs between them. If you do this on the under side of the cover no one will ever see it and you may be saving youself some shifting problems down the road.

Good luck with it.

Jim

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09 Oct 2003 05:22 #871 by Josh Malks
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Good advise from Jim and Stan. One more thing while you have it apart --- the solenoids depend for grounding on contact between the "can" and the pot metal base, a likely area for corrosion. Consider soldering a wire from each can to the base. While neither steel nor pot metal solders easily, it can be done with wire-brushed solder points and a hot iron.

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