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RE: Starter Solenoid
If this is the first time you've had to hammer the solinoid, I'd not worry
about until/if it happens again. Could've just been some peice of dirt
jamming it, or whatever.
I had to whack mine about 5 years ago. Worked fine, since then.
From: Newman,Lawrence C. [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, August 02, 1999 5:41 PM
Subject: Starter Solenoid
Last weekend my '89 200 did a trick that it's done before but in
spades. After running for about an hour in 95 degree weather, I stopped
for gas, shut off the engine and couldn't start it again after tanking
up. So I did what had worked before-I waited until the engine cooled
off and tried again. Still didn't start. All the accessories were
powered but the starter wouldn't make any noise. I thought it was an
electrical field problem in the starter. Anyway, after waiting for an
hour with no results, the guy that I was just killing time talking with
suggested banging the solenoid with a hammer while my wife worked the
ignition key. Voila! She starts.
I've tried to get a solenoid for it but they don't seem to be sold
separately. Can anyone advise whether I should spring for a starter or
continue looking for a solenoid. I can get a rebuilt starter for about