Testing Solenoid Switches

When it is suspected that a solenoid switch is defective, tests should be made of the solenoid coil winding and continuity through the main switch when contacts are in closed position. Using the test circuit described, these two tests can be made simultaneously.

With solenoid disconnected from control circuit, battery and motor, make test circuit connections as follows: (See Figure 5C-1D or 5C-1F).

Since solenoid coil requires 12 V. to actuate plunger closing main switch contacts, use a 12-volt battery. Leads A and B are connected to terminals 1 and 2 (coil terminals) to actuate solenoid. A sharp click should be heard from the solenoid switch when making this connection. No click or a heavy spark at the

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