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Unread 06-02-2011, 04:42 PM   #1
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Default Solenoid-Am I thinking Backwards?

So, all this time, I have been trying to figure out why my solenoid will not "click" to allow voltage to flow from the F/R switch to the v-glide. Tried a thousand different routes. But then, I decided to hook up to the little posts, and it engaged. So am I correct, the solenoid is "activated" by the little wires, not the big?
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Unread 06-02-2011, 05:22 PM   #2
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Default Re: Solenoid-Am I thinking Backwards?

Yes
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Unread 06-02-2011, 05:25 PM   #3
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Default Re: Solenoid-Am I thinking Backwards?

yes the small terminals are the activation and the large terminals are switched....

A quick overview of the solenoid is :
The solenoid is a HD on/off switch or Contactor
the connection is made /broken between the 2 large terminals. The 2 small terminals are the activation circuit. typically one terminal will have a constant negative connection to the pack. When Positive power is applied to the second small terminal the contact is drawn up against the spring to make contact. When power from either side of the activation circuit is removed then contact is released and the spring pushes it away interrupting the circuit ...It doesn't matter which small terminal is neg or pos on the activation circuit so long as you have both....
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Unread 06-02-2011, 07:25 PM   #4
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Thanks for the layman's explanation. Still don't understand how the diode makes things work, seems like a jumper wire, but at least I'm making progress.
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Unread 06-02-2011, 08:03 PM   #5
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Default Re: Solenoid-Am I thinking Backwards?

A diode allows current in ONE DIRECTION only.
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Unread 06-03-2011, 11:20 AM   #6
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Default Re: Solenoid-Am I thinking Backwards?

The diode across The coil Is for the collapsing field, When there is no longer power to the coil. Without the diode you will see spikes on the negative Or ground Side Which could be devastating for the obc or the controller
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