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jerryc

1999 Polaris Magnum 500 starter solenoid connection

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Hi guys,

I just bought a new starter solenoid (part # 4011335) for my Magnum 500 and it is a little different from the old one. It has two posts, a top one and a bottom one. I just need to know which one gets the red wires and which one gets black, or does it matter? Thanks for any input! -JerryC

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Yes, that's the old one. The dealer said that the part had been changed to the new solenoid. The new one is similar to the old one. You're right that they're both on the same 'side' but one is higher than the other one. That's what I meant by 'top'. I can't remember how the wires, red/black, were connected on the old one. But that schematic shows 15=red, so I'll connect red to the top/upper post and give it a try. Thanks, I had seen that schematic before but just didn't pay that much attention to it. I'll let you know how it turns out! Thanks! -JerryC

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I just went and took a better look at it. Thick red wire coming from the starter to the solenoid (but not sure to which post). Thick red wire going from the other solenoid post to the red battery terminal. Thick black wire going from the battery neg terminal back to the starter.

I actually just tried it both ways (red from starter to top post, red to battery from the bottom post and then the opposite) but it didn't start the ATV. So I think I have further issues, but I will need to be confident I have it connected properly. It WILL pull start... Any ideas?

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RESOLVED!

I started undoing any 'extra wires' and connected red from starter to bottom post of solenoid, then top post of solenoid to red/pos of battery. Then I jumpered it and it started! So I connected all the other wires and it is working like a champ! Thanks- JerryC

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Good to hear you got it fixed. For future reference, a solenoid is just a magnetic switch that connnects two poles to complete a circuit, so it does not matter which wire is hooked to which pole of the solenoid. As long as it is connected to the battery on one side and to the starter on the other, the low current signal wire is hooked up properly and the solenoid body is properly grounded, it will work.

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