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Many of you on the forum here were helpful inthe diagnosis of my starting promlem on my 1500. I determined that the starter relay (solenoid) A does not work and the starter is dead too. I took the starter to a great littlemotor shop in Syracuse todaywhere he is replacing bearings, installing new brush set and soldering the terminal post back to the field leads- all for $40. plus the$20. honda brushes.



I have a bid going on ebayright now forthe solenoid... hope to have everything together by end of next week.



The thing that bothers me is not knowingwhat the cause of the failure is- I am not sure but what something else was or is wrong and in my fiddleing around I damaged the starter! Does anyone have any thoughts on the fact that both the solenoid and the starter failed? And has anyone seen the terminal tab detach inside the motor housing?

BTW- the solenoid fails to close the circuit, so not it was not passing continuous power to the starter.
 

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Hi,
I don't think you should worry.
Starters wear out.
Solenoids can die at any moment.
The terminal lead could maybe have overheated with the worn starter condition or it could have turned when the lead wire was attached, have to make sure the lock nut is tight.
 

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It's possible for the terminal wire to come off the post if it had a poor connection and overheated. I'ts more likely turning the nut to tighten or loosen the cable to the start relay did the job on the terminal. The nut that holds the terminal in place needs to be tight and one has to be careful not to turn the post itself when snugging or loosening the nut that holds the cable on. The rebuild sounds pretty reasonable. It's hard to know what caused the original failure, a burned contact in the relay, a bad connection in the starter that caused overheating of the terminal lead, who knows? Things happen, fix 'em and forget 'em.
 

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Is that a dealer part only- at $33.? I tried NAPA and he said he has nothing nearly that small of a package for a starter solenoid. If you know of another source I would be curious.
 
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