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Spare Solenoid?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by vintage steel, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. vintage steel

    vintage steel Member
    Messages: 94

    I just lost the solenoid on my plow truck. It wasn't a big deal, I wasn't plowing at the time. I just used my jumper cables to bypass the solenoid so I could lift the plow and drove home.

    My question is:
    Does this happen often? should I buy 2 new solenoids tomorrow so I have a spare? Or, is it fairly rare?
  2. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Next to poorly maintained electrical connections they're the #2 cause of breakdowns. So yes the average run of the mill relays die quite frequently. There are better ones out there for reliability upgrade though. Search "Trombetta".
  3. vintage steel

    vintage steel Member
    Messages: 94

    Excellent advice, thank you.
    I think I'll buy a solenoid off the shelf tomorrow, then, get an upgraded one. Swap them out and keep the cheapie as a spare.
    Do you know of any retailers are Trombetta distributors?
  4. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Murcal has about the best online ordering retail price you'll find. It's the same solenoid some guys are charging well over $70 for.
  5. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    B&B recomended a trombetta to me about 2 years ago. It was the best money I ever spent. I was going through a solenoid every time I plowed on one of my trucks. I changed nothing other than upgrading to the trombetta, and I havent changed it since. Much better than the cheap one that come from the factories.
  6. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    agreed excellent advice
  7. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    Whenever I have to replace something I get 2 I have spare motors and spare coils, spare springs, pins and hoses O ya I have a spare tire even though I have not gotten a flat in like 10 years. Ops I have I cary a tire plug kit (my truck has on-board air)
  8. shep28

    shep28 Member
    Messages: 84

    How did you bypass the solenoid? Pos batt terminal jumped to plow positive on the solenoid?
  9. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    On the old Chevy's we used ,we would mount extra ones on the fender for a quick change over,
  10. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    We still do sometimes. Makes for a quick swap.
  11. vintage steel

    vintage steel Member
    Messages: 94

    Farmer style. Jumper cable from one side of solenoid to other side of solenoid, (the bigger posts)