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Plow Solenoid Cover Source

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by badpeanut, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. badpeanut

    badpeanut Junior Member
    from ND
    Messages: 29

    I mounted the solenoid for my UniMount on the inner fender (see red circle in the first picture). I'd like to find a rubber cover for it similar to the circuit breaker cover in the second picture. Where can I find one?

    If I have to buy a different solenoid to get one with less exposed 12V surfaces I'll consider it.


  2. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,353

    I have never seen such a cover for a motor relay. Why would you want to cover it? To prevent corrosion just coat the lugs with some dielectric grease. This is such an important diagnostic point it would be a nuisance if it were inaccessible. And I would say the motor relay is the single weakest point of the entire plow needing replacement more than any other thing. Leaving it open makes it easier to replace when the inevitable failure comes. It's no more risk to have this exposed than the positive post of your battery.
  3. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,782

    I agree... I have found spraying it with fluid film works well also. It helps expel moisture whereas I find dielectric grease will hold it in if it's there.
  4. badpeanut

    badpeanut Junior Member
    from ND
    Messages: 29

    I don't like the excitement of bumping it with a wrench while I'm working so I want a non-conductive cover.

    Are there any part numbers available which isolate the 12V from inadvertent touch better?
  5. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,392

    To answer,,,,no. To comment on the inadvertent contact. Move the solenoid to an isolated place OR disconnect the gnd or pwr which working around it. Or just put a towel or something over it while working near it
  6. SnyCo

    SnyCo Member
    Messages: 55

    I have had the same concerns over the years. Try using red wire nuts. Heat them at the bottom with a small butane torch just enough to soften, then plug it on to a fluid film covered relay nut. The fluid film will allow it to be removed easily.

    Screw the reckless haters above, you're thinking isn't far off.
  7. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Not to get off topic a bit but if you truly want to prevent moisture and eliminate any corrosion on anything electrical,there's nothing better than Strike Hold.The inventor/owner puts his money[and his life] where his mouth is on his site. www.strike-hold.com
  8. mishnick

    mishnick 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,353

    Under the hood you will find many things that are "sparky" like the alternator output, starter lugs etc. I like to think of the hood as a protective cover. Kinda like the metal cover on your breaker panel in your house. If you take it off you should be qualified to work on what's underneath. If you open the hood to your truck and don't know what will make sparks you have no business going in there. Would be easier to find plastic coated wrenches than to find a cover for the motor relay. There are, however, rubber ends designed to put over the metal loops on the ends of the big cables. You slide them on the cable end and then push them forward so they cover the lug, the nut and the loop. They come in all sizes. See this link.. http://www.cloudelectric.com/category-s/12155.htm