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Starter Solenoid Removal/Disassembly

I have what I think is an intermittent solenoid. I was hoping to clean the contacts inside. Got the starter out (thanks to Pelican archives for location of hidden upper bolt). But I'm having one heck of a time unscrewing the two bolts that hold the solenoid to the starter. They're stuck. I've tried penetrating stuff. Whacked on them. I just can't seem to turn these things. I'm worrying about stripping the heads. Anybody had this problem? Am I missing something? Thanks.
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Old 12-31-2004, 11:41 AM
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OK, borrowed a heat gun, got the solenoid out.

Now, how do you get this thing apart? I can't see how to remove the end. Do you have to unsolder those wires sticking through?

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Answering my own thread again. Yes, Steve, you need to unsolder those two wires poking through and the top of the solenoid will come right off.

Cleaned the arced and blackened contacts inside the solenoid with steel wool until they were smoother and shiny orange again, then soldered everything back together. Reinstalled starter.

Car has started twenty times in a row now, where before, it would not start about every second or third time. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say my intermittent starting problem is fixed.
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Way to go!!!! Sorry nobody responded.
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did a regular solder gun work forthe wires, or was it a higher temp silver solder?

I need to do the same thing on a solenoid I have.
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I used my cheapo Radio Shack 60W soldering iron with 60/40 solder. It took awhile, but I was able to get it unsoldered by just holding the iron on there about 30 seconds and slowly pushing the cap up and off. After getting the cap off, you'll probably need to clean out the holes with the hot iron to make it easier to feed the wires back up.
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