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Old 05-27-2013, 09:39 AM   #29
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YC1 - I'm definitely looking into the solenoid too. Tried to find one at the auto parts store yesterday, but none of the parts they had seem to match. I'm going to take some time to read all the docs and go from there.
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Understand what you are saying but if its not broke then don't fix it. One problem I have seen on this forum is that people tend to recommend complicated things first. Nothing against most people but it is possible to leave a trail of problems trying to check or fix the non obvious problems. I used to see this a lot when working on aircraft. A lot of people do not have the technical or mechanical skills to start digging into these remote possibility fixes. As with "Occam's Razor" go for the simple and obvious fixes first.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:27 PM   #31
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Trombetta 12 Volt Bear DC Contactor Part No. 114-1211-020: Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific

Relay/solenoid

Very simple fix. Turn both battery switches off, remove and replace. It is item 7 on one of the pictures I provided. You are staring at it when you look to the back. Just below the big black box.

Mike, I understand you position and agree. In this case the op has the same model as me and I am an ET with 40 + years experience. Changing this out is very simple and I have dealt with many of the exact solenoid issues on these models. There is a chance his relay was not functioning well and keeping the engine battery charged up. The other symptom was it not turning over well and this relay should have combined his batteries which could mask tired starting batteries.
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Trombetta 12 Volt Bear DC Contactor Part No. 114-1211-020: Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific

Relay/solenoid

Very simple fix. Turn both battery switches off, remove and replace. It is item 7 on one of the pictures I provided. You are staring at it when you look to the back. Just below the big black box.

Mike, I understand you position and agree. In this case the op has the same model as me and I am an ET with 40 + years experience. Changing this out is very simple and I have dealt with many of the exact solenoid issues on these models. There is a chance his relay was not functioning well and keeping the engine battery charged up. The other symptom was it not turning over well and this relay should have combined his batteries which could mask tired starting batteries.
Thank you! For that price I don't see any downside to changing it out. I'm going to order one when we get to our next stable campground.
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Wheelingit, once you have it off have some fun and drill the four corner rivets out. If you want to salvage it for backup you can unsolder the two wires holding the coil. Once apart you can clean the contacts and put it back together with small nuts and bolts in place of the rivets.
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