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fragile starter solenoid terminals
Maybe I'm used to starter terminals being more durable, its 10 degrees out and I'm putting in a new starter, 2004 6.0, the old cable end rotted and broke off so I put a new one on. Normally I lower the starter and detach the cables but the main batt cable snapped off. I have a bunch of hd crimp ends, so carefully cut off the old connector, little heat to melt the solder, solder on a new one and crimp it tight before covering it with epoxy heat shrink.
Had to bend the terminal end to get it to align with the starter, and I start spinning the nut on, new started bolted in place. I'm using a stubby 3/8 ratchet and feeling the cable, twist the nut, adjust the cable repeat, I've only got finger pressure on the ratchet when it pulls the terminal out of the solenoid... WTF, The old starter did this when I went to remove the cable end.
I'm shocked that they're so fragile and not a long enough terminal to get two wrenches on it.
Mostly just venting, now see if I can find a solenoid. this one has the tips of the screws soldered but not a big deal to remove them.