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Old 01-07-2013, 10:42 AM   #29
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If you want some visual feedback take the old solenoid apart and look at the contacts. You can actually overhaul those solenoids with great success. Getting the top off can be tricky but is doable. Sometimes you can simply turn the contacts over inside and you have a new set of contacts. In any case you will get a great visual of how they can work one time and not the next. If you do take some pictures and post here. Would be fun to see.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:11 PM   #30
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If you want some visual feedback take the old solenoid apart and look at the contacts. You can actually overhaul those solenoids with great success. Getting the top off can be tricky but is doable. Sometimes you can simply turn the contacts over inside and you have a new set of contacts. In any case you will get a great visual of how they can work one time and not the next. If you do take some pictures and post here. Would be fun to see.
Great idea, I'll do that. I'm great at taking things apart... Probably won't get to it until the week after next. Leaving on a biz trip in a few days.
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If you want some visual feedback take the old solenoid apart and look at the contacts. You can actually overhaul those solenoids with great success. Getting the top off can be tricky but is doable. Sometimes you can simply turn the contacts over inside and you have a new set of contacts. In any case you will get a great visual of how they can work one time and not the next. If you do take some pictures and post here. Would be fun to see.
YC1... I swapped out the offending solenoids (2 - Cole Hersee and 1 - White Rogers). So far everything is running, we'll see over time if that cured my intermittent issues. I took apart one of the Cole Hersee's and it is pretty clear that over time burning of the contact area can occur. In the last picture you will see the contact for the incoming 12 V is burned and on the contact disk, the discolored portion was the point directly over that contact. I am pretty sure that does not make for a good electrical contact.



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Great pictures. Thanks for posting them. As you can see, overhauling it would be simple if you needed to. Those large post come out and you can turn them over or clean them. Some Duct tape to hold the cap on and you are back on the road. Kidding about the Duct tape but you can reattach the top and use it for many more years.

Hope you don't mind but I saved the pictures for future reference so they may show up again. Trying to describe the malfunction is so much easier with pictures. A $20 dollar part can deal some real misery and mystery too.
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Agreed... a rebuild would not be too difficult. Fine for an emergency fix if required, although just temporarily eliminating the solenoid would be a lot less work.

No problem reusing the pictures. I hope it helps the next guy to understand that the solenoid does not need to be completely cooked to be marginally functional and causing headaches.

Bottom line for any RV'er that has solenoids, for a modest investment, either carry a spare or consider just replacing as they age.
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Not a bad idea to replace them as you would a filter or fan belt. I have replaced one of them 3 times in my 4 yr old mh.
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