Starter solenoid


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Starter solenoid

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My starter solenoid has a melted wire. Can anyone tell me why t the wire that hooks to the front left post of the starter solenoid in the following picture could have melted?
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wires (and/or connectors) will melt due to high resistance in the circuit. a loose connection, dirty/corroded connectors, or high resistance in the load itself.
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Sounds like I need to follow those wires to see where the go can clean up all the connections. Thanks.
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Re: Starter solenoid

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Look at the terminals on your solenoid. See how corroded and discolored they are?

Corrosion and dirt on terminals cause resistance. Put lots of current through a terminal connection with resistance, and you generate heat at the point of contact where the resistance occurs. The more heat, the more corrosion. The more corrosion, the more resistance. The more resistance, the more heat. And so on.

I would cut the connector off, trim the wires back far enough that you find clean, bright copper, and then install a replacement connector on the wires. The solenoid, either replace, or etch/sand the terminals to remove corrosion.
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Had this same issue recently,I was frying my 30amp fuse, all coñections to the relay were frail, a friend of mine cut and recrimpef all connections to the relay,, amperage reading went up to 13.6 from about 11, had mileage also increased


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