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Old 11-22-2008, 01:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, Over the years I have put 3 solenoids on my 68 Stang, the one I have on it now is from Car Quest and just "hung up" on me, luckily it released before it could damage the starter (I had that happen once too). It does have a new ignition switch in it so I don't think that is the problem. I had not started the car in about a month but I don't think that had anything to do with it . I want to buy a GOOD solenoid and not have to worry about getting stuck somewhere. Any suggestions ?? What is the best ? Ford, NAPA or
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Old 11-22-2008, 01:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have always had good luck with NAPA stuff but I have also had good luck with the low end stores. Sounds like you could have something else giving you problems. Even the crappy ones I have bought lasted 2-3 years of daily driving. Is this all with the same starter?
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Old 11-22-2008, 01:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well I've had the car about 10 years but not a daily driver. One starter replaced because of a bad solenoid that tore it up.
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Old 11-22-2008, 01:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I like to use BWD/Standard/Niehoff (all owned by Standard)they use copper studs/nuts so I trust that they use better quality materials internally also. I think I order them through O'Reilly's, the get them same day if I order in the a.m., otherwise next day usually. If I don't want what comes in, there's no charge and they just send it back on the next delivery truck.

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Old 11-22-2008, 01:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes Standard always made good stuff, no O'Reilly's in my area.
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Anybody have GOOD luck with a NAPA solenoid they have 2 lines one is $10 the other $25 I would surely get the $25 one if I know they last. Salesmen say they are made by eklin (not sure of the spelling). And are copper.
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Ford made the best ones.
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Ford hi-torque mini starters have the best solenoids, ones integral to the starter... I use NAPA for the inner fender solenoid. The mini-starter is a worthwhile conversion, though.
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Old 11-22-2008, 07:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Picked up one:
Blue Streak SS581X (Standard Ignition Products). Part store had 3 Standard units he said this one is the best....we will see. It is copper in fact even the mounting part and the plate on the bottom of the solenoid is copper!! Never seen one like that. $27.00
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Never seen one like that either. Sounds like a good one.
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Old 11-22-2008, 11:01 PM   #11 (permalink)
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All made in the same chinese factory is my guess. mustang solenoids isn't exactly big business.
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How about those "Ford licensed" repops being sold on Ebay? "NOS" solenoid
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OK, Here is the definitive list of what solenoids you SHOULD ONLY be using if you don't want to be Found On Road Dead somewhere...


USE ONLY The BEST!...

1. Original NOS Autolite (FORD)
2. Newer NOS Ford (Replacement Motorcraft)
3. Standard Motor parts or BLUESTREAK
4. KEM

All four above usually last for years, Sometimes decades

STAY AWAY FROM and AVOID THE WORST!:

1. BORG WARNER (BWD) - Yes, I said Borg Warner! They look nice, but that's it! I went through three of these in three months onetime!

2. BRAND X - If you don't know who made it... Stay away from it, Even then, Refer to the top list above.

3. Auto Parts store brand, Carquest, Advance Auto, ETC.. - I know you need one in a hurry, but the plain truth is...These can cause more pain and damage to your car than if you just waited that extra day or two for a correct one to come by mail. I've seen cars that don't shut off when you take the key out of the ignition, or worse, Fry your starter, electrical system, drain your battery, or keep the starter running after you've started the car...These are just a few classic cases of garbage made solenoids and what damage they can do.


**A Note on the new reproduction solenoids sold by AMK products. I cannot comment on these, as I have never used one, nor do I know who they are manufactured by. Maybe a few out there can post their findings here about them. I am curious myself.

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**Just a note on Standard Products...They have three product lines..

1. BLUESTREAK (MADE IN USA)- The best of course.
2. STANDARD (MADE IN USA or MEXICO)- Should be AOK
3. ECONOMY (MADE IN CHINA)- Stay away.

Someone above mentioned that Borg Warner is now owned by Standard Motor Parts- I have not heard this, but will check, but I CAN tell you this.. The solenoids DEFINATELY ARE NOT THE SAME manufacturer.. They physically look different and you can tell the difference.

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Ralph2, which parts store carried the Blue Streak SS581X?

NEF, here's their (Standards) main website, click the Site Map dropdown and you'll see the list of their companies.
http://www.smpcorp.com/

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