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Meyer solenoid same as Ford starter solenoid?

Discussion in 'Meyer / Diamond Products Discussion' started by JMHConstruction, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. JMHConstruction

    JMHConstruction PlowSite.com Addict
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    Sent the wife to pick up some parts for me while I was busy today at the Meyer dealer. Gave her a list of crap, one being a couple solenoids. The guy said they have them, but they're about half the price at an auto parts store. He said they're the same as a Ford starter solenoid. Has anyone heard this? If so is there a specific year and model I need to ask for? If this is true maybe this thread will help someone else save a little money. Thanks guys.
     
  2. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite.com Addict
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    Meyers uses a three terminal solenoid. Two large, one small. It grounds through its base. Make sure you mount it to something metal. Or you will have to run a ground wire. Year Ford, 1970s to early 80s. I guess.
     
  3. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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  4. JMHConstruction

    JMHConstruction PlowSite.com Addict
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    As always, thanks for the help Randall!Thumbs Up

    Just to give everyone who looks at this thread an ending, here is what I've found out. Autozone seemed to have the cheapest (by $1) from all the auto stores around here. I just got online and filled in the crap for a 1980 ford f250 5.0 (I'm sure they're all the same in those years, but that's what I clicked on first) and sure enough it's the same thing. Problem was it's only about $5 or less (US) cheaper. So unless you need one right away, just get online. Found a few on ebay for less than $10.
     
  5. JMHConstruction

    JMHConstruction PlowSite.com Addict
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    Sorry diesel, you posted that as I was typing. I'll check it out.
     
  6. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    Remember to look at the normal amp rating, and maximum amp rating, continuous or noncontinuous duty.
     
  7. JMHConstruction

    JMHConstruction PlowSite.com Addict
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    The one I was going to pick up for now at autozone says solenoid duty cycle: intermittent. Doesn't say amp ratings. It looks 100% identical to to the one through the meyer dealer. Is it not the same? It's only $5 cheaper, but it's easier for me to run to autozone whenever I want than to try and get across town during their short normal hours.
     
  8. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    IMO you get what you pay for. No.offensive but you sound why to worried about price then quality.

    Intermittent might not be h.d. for a plow.
    I can't say there the same, there's a good possibly they are.
     
  9. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite.com Addict
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    OK, in a word, Auto Zone electrical components are CRAP! Why ain't you closer, I got shelves of this stuff. You can use a Western solenoid. Just ground one of the small terminals.
     
  10. JMHConstruction

    JMHConstruction PlowSite.com Addict
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    I'm more worried about price for the same product. If I can save money and convenience I'll purchase at the cheaper price. With that said, if it were me and not my wife I would have just bought the meyer one, because it was cheaper to get it there than have me now go somewhere else, but whatever. I just assumed they were all the same and was going off a he said she said. If it's worth paying extra for even a different one (like what you suggested with your link) I'll go that route.
     
  11. JMHConstruction

    JMHConstruction PlowSite.com Addict
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    I wish I was closer! Plow stuff is much cheaper up there too! I just payed $200 for a cutting edge that I've seen online for places up north for half that (shipping was too much though). I have to get some stuff that she forgot any way so I'll just pick up a meyer one for now and order a better one online and use the Meyer as a spare. I just need something now to hook up the plow so I can make sure everything still works, before and after my pump rebuild. Not really looking forward for that one...
     
  12. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
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    In the many years of having Meyer plows I have used Ford solenoids many times. Now this was only done to get me through until I replaced with a Meyer solenoid. I have actually hooked up to the starter solenoid in my F150 to finish out a storm. Just remember to not shut the truck off. Ford Solenoids are a cheap back up and will work. These old Meyer pumps actually draw less amps than most newer pumps out there.
     
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