2000 Ford Ranger solenoid starter connections

Tiny
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  • 2000 FORD RANGER
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Hi,
I think that the solenoid starter connections ard completely worn out.
when the ignition key is turned, the solenoid energises but the engine does not turn
I would like to know if by adding a solid state relay and using the same solenoid, I can bypass the connections.

many thanks
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Monday, May 17th, 2010 AT 2:36 PM

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Tiny
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Is the solenoid on the starter or the inner fender on your vehicle?
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Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 AT 10:42 AM
Tiny
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It is on the starter
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Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 AT 1:41 PM
Tiny
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It actually sounds like a bad starter. If the solenoid energises but the starter doesn't turn, chances are it is bad. I recommend removing it and having it bench tested at a parts store.

Let me know what you find.
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Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 AT 7:29 AM
Tiny
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My starter works when I jumped both terminals of the solenoid. This is why I asked you if I can use solid state relay instead.
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Thursday, May 20th, 2010 AT 7:22 AM
Tiny
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It may work, but I would recommend staying with direct fit parts. When you change things, there always seems to be a problem.
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Thursday, May 20th, 2010 AT 7:26 AM
Tiny
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Silly Question
Do you know what solid state relay is?
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Thursday, May 20th, 2010 AT 10:25 AM
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Thursday, May 20th, 2010 AT 11:25 AM
Tiny
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Why do say "it may work" then?
No break and make contacts, no arcing, just electronic switching. It should be good and last longer I guess.
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Thursday, May 20th, 2010 AT 11:50 AM
Tiny
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I am asked to recommend direct fit OEM type parts to avoid any problems. Will it work? I don't see why not. However, I can't make that recommendation to you incase there is a problem.

Try to think of the potential problems that could occur if we said good idea to every modification people wanted to make. Please understand, most of the people that ask questions know very little about cars. We even had to add "how to open your hood" directions. When they start trying to modify factory parts, things can go bad really fast.

However, there are many people that are very bright and good mechanics that ask for help too. The problem is, I can't tell who is who via the net.
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Thursday, May 20th, 2010 AT 12:04 PM
Tiny
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Ok.
I'm sorry, I didn't know if you had to be withinn certain parameters.
Thanks anyway.
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Thursday, May 20th, 2010 AT 12:42 PM
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Not a problem. If you ever have questions in the future that you need help with (OEM type) I have access to a lot of info and would be glad to help.

Joe
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Thursday, May 20th, 2010 AT 1:44 PM

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