*Yes, after the first failure I also thought about that as a cause so I taped all the external wiring to the solenoid case for support. It still failed. I'm wondering about some sort of metallurgical change in the spade material when it is molded into the case.....that's the feeling I get looking at the break, that this is caused by a*flaw in the metal itself.
Nick: *Thought I'd include this photo of the old Simpson Lawrence solenoid next to the one that came with the new Lewmar 1000 Pro-Fish unit. *When I got a look at this, I opted to clean-up the old one and see how well it would do with the new unit. *I also left the old switch at the helm. *So far, everything works as the old one. *If you look close, you can see that the solenoids are identical in design, but with immense differences in size, weight, and post diameter, but with each wire going to exactly the same terminal in the same location, including the three blade-type connectors on the top of the solenoid. *I dunno.....maybe Lewmar would *tell me that it's a mistake, but after hearing about your problem, I mean what the heck....if I have to do it later, I've got the solenoid in the drawer. *For sure, I am not worried about the contact bolt breaking off. *I just cleaned it, shot it up with some Corrosion Block, and put it back together just like it was another Simpson Lawrence replacement. *Despite the illusion that I'm holding the Simpson Lawrence unit closer to the camera, they units really are sitting next to one another. *I wonder what the cost savings were here?
-- Edited by healhustler on Sunday 24th of April 2011 11:39:07 AM