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Old October 21st, 2009, 02:48 PM   #1
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I am replacing the solenoids on my Warn M12000 Winch and am wondering if the solenoids need to be hooked up in a specific way like the two smaller posts, or does it matter if I hook them up 180 degrees?

Are they polarity specific? One has an I next to it and one has a S.

I have two positions I can install it and dont want to fry the new solenoids.



If they need to be installed one way how do I tell which wire goes to which post?

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Old October 21st, 2009, 06:21 PM   #2
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try this not sure it its the right one but try it.
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That is what it looks like. Just need to know if the solenoid is polarity sensitive, so I mean would it matter if it is positioned one way or the other, like 180 degrees of what is pictured. Assuming the wires stay in the same position.

I will just swap the wires the way they were to the new solenoid but it can be mounted two ways.

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so you are asking if you can mount it 180 off from what it is. if so i dont see why not.
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mounted position does not matter, wire position does
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mounted position does not matter, wire position does
Well the wires are already where they are so it matters is what you are saying?

I know I can actually mount them anyway I want but without moving the wires does it matter?

What does the I and the S stand for on the solenoids and which wires go to which?

The old solenoids do not have the I or the S so I cant just match them up.

I have two options for the wires, one way or flip it 180 degrees. It will change what wires go to which post on the solenoid.
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so you are asking if you can mount it 180 off from what it is. if so i dont see why not.
I am not confident in what you are guessing at so unless you have factual info I dont need to hear from you again.

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the I and S dont really refer to anything on the winch, thats for the original intended use of the solenoid...on a Ford vehicle...the I is for ignition, the S is for starter signal...
the S terminal gets a positive 12v to energize the solenoid and connect the two large terminals...the I terminal is used to supply voltage to the igntion system during cranking, if I remember correctly....

basically, the S terminal is the one that energizes the solenoid, the I terminal is a pass-through, used to energize the next solenoid (I am assuming that on the I terminal, since that is the only logical use for it)

if you wire it backwards, it may or may not work at first, but it will not work for long
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So I should find the hot 12v wire and hook that to the S and the the other to the I? Correct?

I tried hooking up a old solenoid and it worked both ways, pos to the S and pos to the I and the neg to the opposite and it worked both ways so I wasnt sure if it mattered at all.
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