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Mercury Trim Solenoid Installation
|Author||Topic: Mercury Trim Solenoid Installation|
posted 08-25-2006 10:40 AM ET (US)
I have two solenoids for my [power tilt/trim] system. One of them just went bad. Replaced it last night. In looking at the way it was originally wired, the two [g]round wires (one for each solenoid) have the ends mounted to the front of the solenoids where the large rubber grommet is. Now inside the grommets there is a metal sleeve. On the front side of the sleeve (where the grounds sit) it is just a thin metal end. On the backside of the sleeves they have flat/flanged ends. I was thinking it would be wiser to mount the ground wires BEHIND the solenoids, where the ring connector for the ground would not only sit against the flat ends, but also sit tight against the large metal panel behind it. I have asked Mercury the same question and their response is they do agree that the best place to mount the solenoid grounds would be where they come in contact "with the most metal surface." So that is the way I mounted them, behind the solenoids. I'm asking this because I am hearing different opinions from many individuals. Does it really matter either way? I figured mounting against the backside would be wiser because there is much more metal surface area.
posted 08-28-2006 08:54 AM ET (US)
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