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Old 02-21-2006, 02:06 PM
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Solenoid post loose/lateral play -- this OK?

While cleaning my solenoid electrical connections, I noticed the stud post the battery connects to moves back and forth in its socket. Is this normal? I am thinking maybe if it\s not , then it could not be making a good connection and be making my starter turn slower than it should and ultimately making my car not start below 35F without a good jump and more cranking than is good for it.

You can tell me to search off if you want. I am going to do that anyway . Just not yet.

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Old 02-21-2006, 02:07 PM
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Also, starter grinds and slips off when it is cold.

Someone said it is like the Bendix is not engaging good in cold.
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Old 02-21-2006, 11:51 PM
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Putting nuts and wires back on today I see that the first nut pulls the post tight to outer solenoid housing . Hopefull this makes a better connection and I start better in cold. That first nut was loose before. I seriously doubt it though.
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Old 06-09-2006, 12:07 PM
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In tracing out my intermittent start problem. (solenoid clicks, starter won't engage), I too noticed the threaded post on my solenoid that holds the heavy battery wire was loose. It wanted to turn when I tightned the nut after cleaning it. ( I also cleaned all other posts and grounding connections.) I noticed it was rocking a bit before I even disconnected the wire. When problem occurs, a rap to solenoid while holding the key over does the trick.

Question: No doubt this loose stud is my problem, correct?
Looks like pulling the starter is a PIA on this car. Am I right, any suggestions.
One member suggested on another thead of using another solenoid off a Ford and not going through a starter pull. The new solenoid would be monted close by and a heavy jumper utilized. Anyone do this? Specific part number, model/year??
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