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Re: 8N 12 volt wiring problems

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01-02-2014 19:44:01

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wasilla1 said: (quoted from post at 19:11:18 01/02/14) I put a test light on the small post on solenoid that points toward the engine block and it didn't light up.

Remember I'm in over my head on electrical wiring so please explain "apply juice to the starter button".

I have a new solenoid on order. Hopefully it comes in tomorrow.


The small stud facing the engine should be hooked to your button, which will eventually be a ground when you push it down.
Since the solenoid is wired batt hot, grounding it closes the contacts and completes the start circuit through the solenoid, (its an electro-mechanical thing).
Depending on your light you may not get it to light. Hook the clip on batt hot then touch the probe on the small stud. Now push the starter button down, it should be green for ground if you have the right light. Let go of the button and you have nothing since the circuit is no longer complete.

The opposite test would be to reverse the clip and probe. Should be red with button down, and, again, nothing with button up.

Take a jumper wire from batt hot and BRIEFLY touch the stud on the starter. As in the one on the starter barrel most toward the oil filter. It should try to roll over. BE CAREFUL OF ANY SPARKS. If it does try to rollover, solenoid is bad or wrong. Or starter button is not making ground contact.
This post was edited by JCinKY at 19:49:45 01/02/14.

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01-02-2014 19:55:57

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 Re: 8N 12 volt wiring problems in reply to JCinKY, 01-02-2014 19:44:01  
Thanks for explaining. I will try this tomorrow. Please check this thread tomorrow as I will post what happens.

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01-02-2014 20:02:11

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 Re: 8N 12 volt wiring problems in reply to wasilla1, 01-02-2014 19:55:57  
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No problem. Bout to hit the hay.

You will get lots more advice. The old folks tend to shut down early. :D

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01-03-2014 17:46:25

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 Re: 8N 12 volt wiring problems in reply to JCinKY, 01-02-2014 20:02:11  
Ok. The test light wouldn't light up. I removed and reinstalled the starter button, just in case I screwed something up the first way to screw that up...only fits one way.
I put a jumper wire from positive side of battery to front post on starter and motor turned over. So I'm assuming my solenoid is bad. Also I noticed the small post on solenoid pointing toward motor rotates fairly freely. Is it supposed to do that?
My new solenoid didn't arrive today...hopefully tomorrow.
Thanks for the help.


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