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Old December 10th, 2012, 06:46 PM   #1
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I don't know much about electrical when it comes to anything...

What I have is a 12v motor. Only two wires one power and one ground. But when I reverse them the motor runs the opposite direction. I need to be able to control both directions and I'm hopping to be able to do that with one (return to neutral rocker)
Is this poss? If so what would I need? I have standard relays, 6 pole I think. Would they work?
If so any help would be great so I don't cook my truck!
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I wonder if a power window switch would be up your alley? Power to the switch from a circuit breaker, ground and the switch should move power/ground to the motor from the switch changing direction. There should be rocker switches that can do this but I have no idea how to wire them.

I like the idea tho.
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Makes sense. But same problem. A widow switch usually had like6 poles.
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Here you go.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=wiring+a+12v+dc...+run+both+ways
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Dug this up.

http://www.12volt-travel.com/knowled...to-a-dc-motor/
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This is what I will look for! Looks the easiest.
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It made sense after I stared at it a minute.
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Yea. I could do it with two switches but that's lame..
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This way you would know one direction was off when the other was turned on.
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Make sure the switch is rated for the motors draw. You never mentioned what size motor you were running.

And just for future reference, that's not 6 poles. It's a double pole double throw switch. Also known as DTDP.
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Make sure the switch is rated for the motors draw. You never mentioned what size motor you were running.

And just for future reference, that's not 6 poles. It's a double pole double throw switch. Also known as DTDP.
i learned about the poles today at the electric supply.

im not sure the size but the guy at the shop sold me the biggest one he had in stock. all hooked up and working awesome!!!
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