there is a big copper washer in the solenoids that slide up to make contact when hit with juice to
turn the starter and the arching on this washer causing sticking . some times i have been able to
turn this washer over and make it work . but you say you cant get the top off the solenoid you
yep, definitely can't seem to take it off. the cap is pressed on somehow. but that's good to know about the copper washer. I bet that thing just needs a little cleaning. i'm sure a new solenoid is in my future, but I'm just trying to save a few bucks right now.
looks like you are getting close to getting back on the lake.
Another tip while you have it all off, make a baking soda paste and use an old tooth brush and clean all your connections with the paste, then hit it with a small wire brush and risne it off with WD-40, then wipe it all off so it is dry.
After you get all the connections back on, put some grease or vasoline on them and your connections will no longer get corrosion on your terminals.
Be sure to grease the terminal connections after you have attached them as you will then have covered your metal to metal contact points and wish you many more years of boating.
Thanks for the tips!
I'm half tempted to wire up a push button/or switch to mount in my engine compartment so that i can jump the solenoid manually if I ever need to. Being on the underside of the engine makes it almost impossible to get to in my rig. Of course no one could know about this...