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Old 09-15-2008, 10:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How many amps does the starter draw?

I want to put a disconnect switch in the hot wire from the battery to the starter (actually the solenoid mounted on the starter) I once had a starter hang...the solenoid stuck in the on position and I had to scramble to get the batts unhooked before the starter caught fire. It was close...still smoking after 5 minutes. Anyway, ever since then I have wanted to put a disconnect switch on it, for emergencies, anti-theft, etc. I just need to know the amp draw before I buy one.
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Old 09-15-2008, 11:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Current Draw Under Normal Load 230-630 Amps
Max. Load 2400 Amps
No Load 170 Amps Max.
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Thank you very much. I had no idea it would be in the 600's. The highest I can find is a 500amp switch. Looks like I better keep looking.
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450-475 amps is what i used to measure
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450-475 amps is what i used to measure
Thanks for the info. When you measured this, what was the conditions? Cold/Warm engine, outside air temp, weight of oil in crankcase?
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You will be fine using the 500 amp variety. It is plenty large enough. Disconnect switches are rated in the amount of current they can switch under load. When you use this switch it will normally not have a load on it.
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Thanks for the info. When you measured this, what was the conditions? Cold/Warm engine, outside air temp, weight of oil in crankcase?
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I serviced a fleet of school busses for 3 years. That is the current draw a saw summer/winter, warm oil, cold oil, ford starters, reman starters. If we started to see something around 600 we would replace them. This was using a AutoMeter roll around tester with clamp on current probe.
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Thanks guys. I'll pick up the 500 amp unit.
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