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Date:         Tue, 13 Jan 2009 23:38:40 -0500
Reply-To:     Dennis Haynes <d23haynes57@HOTMAIL.COM>
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From:         Dennis Haynes <d23haynes57@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: Starter solenoid current
Comments: To: Larry Alofs <lalofs@GMAIL.COM>
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There are a number of circuits on the Vanagon that are not fused. Starter, starter solenoid, fuel pump and injectors and some other stuff, ignition coil, etc. The solenoid usually pulls ~9 amps measured but you will see a spike that will confuse most amp meters.


-----Original Message----- From: Vanagon Mailing List [] On Behalf Of Larry Alofs Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 11:22 AM To: vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM Subject: Re: Starter solenoid current

Where is this fuse? In the circuit from the ignition switch that triggers the relay or in the circuit from the relay to the solenoid? About 6 months ago I took a starter from an '84 AT and connected +12 from a battery to the push-on terminal that activates the solenoid. As I recall, I measured about 37 amps.

Larry A.

On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 9:03 AM, William Greenamyer <>wrote:

> I have had one of those starter relays for a long time now. Usually has no > problems but it seems that the 15 amp fuse occasionally blows and I have > not > been able to find the problem. No apparent shorts in the wiring > (everything > routed away from metal) so I am guessing it is the solenoid itself. It > works but the last time the fuse went, it just barely blew. Before > blowing, > it apparently reduced the current which didn't help starting. What should > I > be looking at for a solenoid current for a Vanagon starter (manual trans)? > > William >

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