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Old 09-03-2009, 12:56 PM
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Switching to Ford Solenoid

Articles are plentiful on the web about the benefits of switching to a Ford remote solenoid on my GM smallblock. My question is this: once the damage has been done and I get loud clicking from my solenoid every time I try to start, must the solenoid or starter & solenoid be new before converting? Thanks.

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Please expand on the statement "once the damage has been done". Is your starter bad, is the starter solenoid bad? It stands to reason any of those must be in working order for a remote solenoid to work properly with a GM style starter.

FWIW, do not buy a Ford style solenoid from Auto Zombie. I had one that stuck in the power on position and almost fried my Powermaster Ultra Torque starter before I could stop it. I replaced it with one from NAPA and have had zero problems since.

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Switching to Ford Solenoid

Thanks Joe and Vince. Yes, the starter is bad. I got it tested last night and even though the solenoid didn't "freeze" on the bench, the motor sounds like the bushings are shot. I'm buying new but will try to shield off the blockhuggers since they're quite close.

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Good luck, PM me if you have any questions.

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