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How To: Clean Solenoid Contacts on the starter

Discussion in 'How-To' started by chacha, Feb 1, 2009.

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  1. chacha

    chacha Chaff Your EHC!!
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    Way simple job. Easier off the bike, but you should be able to also do it on the bike if you don't have a belt or lines in the way -- your mileage may vary.

    OK - first get the starter
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    The important bit is the three screws on the solenoid. Remove them, but remember there is a spring pushing a shaft in there -- not hard, but remember it.
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    Here it all is disassembled.
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    Then it's just clean the contacts on the shaft (copper circle bit) and the EM body (2). and reassemble! Use an emery board or some fine sandpaper -- I use 200 grit. And remember to blow out with some air.
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    Easy job, give it a shot sometime. Anything that cleans up the electrical connection for the starter is one less problem down the road.
     
  2. LDO

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    Nice work Chacha (as usual). How many miles did you have on yours at time of cleaning???

    didn't seem to look that bad....
     
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    good post chacha:up: :cheers:
     
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    I was thinking the same thing - looked a lot better than some others we have seen....

    A great preventive maintenance step...thanks chacha :2thumbs:
     
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    Great post - Thanks!
     
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    LDO :
    At ~18K miles, all pretty clean. I think BBC's was more pitted since the Bars are closer in Florida and he has to start his more often. That and the salt-moisture in FL,

    BBC - I should have searched before posting -- point taken.
     
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    Your photo's are better!!:cheers: :2thumbs:
     
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    Nice Job Gentlemen, 2 How To's are better than none!
     
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    On the 6th pic the two wires at the bottom of the solenoid, mine keep burning in half I can resolder them and it will work fine for awhile then they burn or melt again. This is on my 03 pitbull does anyone have a fix for this besides buying a new starter?? Thanks...C
     
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    Camaro - how do your contacts look? Are the wires snapping or is the solder joint failing?

    First I've heard of this as a consistent problem - could maybe be an armature short causing a problem, but I'm guessing here....
     
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    cha cha contacts are good I've replaced them. Ive had times when the solder joint fails and other times the wire has snapped. You got any ideas what I should check??

     
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    Thank you very much, will try tomorrow. Will give you a progress report.
    Thanks Alot
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    I used my Dremil with the flexible extension and a small wire wheel. Worked like a charm and kept the starter on the bike.
     
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    Great job chacha.

    It's these little extra bits of maitenance that will keep your bike on the road and you happy! :2thumbs:
     
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