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Username Post: Why is my starter solenoid sticking?        (Topic#223850)
Chevy65supernova 
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08-16-09 01:03 PM - Post#1754868    

I just got my Nova running! But my starter solenoid sticks open for about 3 seconds every time I start it. I have a remote mount solenoid from painless which tells me to just run the starter cable to main lug on starter and have a jumper from the batt term to the S term on the starter and I am good to go. That is also the way the Mad electrical site has it suggested to run. My local starter guy told me not to because it will make the solenoid stay engaged longer. So is he correct is this the problem or is Painless correct?? Or how do you guys run the setup?

 
acardon 
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08-16-09 03:28 PM - Post#1754979    
    In response to Chevy65supernova

It may not be electrical. Do you have enough clearance between the starter and ring gear teeth?
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Chevy65supernova 
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08-17-09 06:28 AM - Post#1755321    
    In response to acardon

That was my next guess, it not being shimmed properly I see evidence of wear on the flexplate. I see the about 3/4 of each tooth shows a wearing away of the gold anodizing. I have been looking online for a procedure to align starter and flex plate or a how to I know I seen it before but I cannot find it.

 
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08-17-09 09:04 AM - Post#1755415    
    In response to Chevy65supernova

FWIW I used a large paper clip as a "Guage" with the starter held in the "engaged" position.
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Chevy65supernova 
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08-17-09 02:14 PM - Post#1755622    
    In response to monty56

Ok I will try that now this may be a dumb question but How to I keep it in the engaged positions with out turning over and firing the motor or anything?

 
acardon 
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08-17-09 02:24 PM - Post#1755628    
    In response to Chevy65supernova

You can use a screwdriver behind the starter gear to pull it into the ring gear.
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Vaughn 
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08-20-09 07:13 PM - Post#1757689    
    In response to acardon

Take the solenoid off the starter, then mount the starter back up to the block. You can then pull the bendix and gear out into the flexplate, then measure the gap between the two.

In certain situations, the copper contacts on the inside of the solenoid can have a tendency to weld together. Using the remote solenoid to activate the starter will exacerbate the problem. Try using a quality solenoid (AC Delco) in place of your current solenoid.

 
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08-22-09 11:39 AM - Post#1758499    
    In response to Vaughn

Remove the cable from the battery post on the solenoid, touch it to the small solenoid activation terminal, it will throw the drive into the flywheel, but the starter motor won't turn.
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08-30-09 10:44 AM - Post#1763154    
    In response to Chevy65supernova

to test the remote solenoid just bypass it. an under rated or low amp solenoid can get the points stuck together alot easier than a higher amp rated one. i like at least an 80 amp unit.
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someotherguy 
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08-30-09 11:10 AM - Post#1763172    
    In response to bobb

If the solenoid was provided by Painless Wiring I'd hope it would be a good quality one, but you never know anymore. That's one of the products that got sent overseas a loooooooong time ago and it's hard to get really good ones.

Low-end wrecker units that use an electric pump or electric winch setup often utilitize a heavy duty Ford style solenoid as well, and it can be tough finding replacements that are good enough. I see a lot of guys having trouble with theirs not lasting very long.

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