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DB Electrical SFD0024 New Starter For 5.4L 6.8L Ford Auto & Truck Excursion 00-05, 4.6L Expedition 99-04, 5.4L 99-14

DB Electrical SAB0157 Starter For Cub Cadet Kohler Courage Twin 1045 1046 1550 1554 1050 32-098-01S 3209801S K0H3209801S

DB Electrical AND0339 Remanufactured Alternator Replacement For Acura MDX 3.5L, 3.7L, RL 3.5L, TL 3.2L/3.5L, Honda 3.5L

DB Electrical SDR0291 Starter Replacement For Cub Cadet M60-KH Tank, 2185, Volunteer 4X2, 4X4 /Toro HydroJect 3010, ProCore 648 Aerator

DB Electrical SND0355 Ford 7.3 7.3L Diesel Starter For Powerstroke E150 E250 E350 F150 F250 F350 Pickup Truck

DB Electrical SMU0428 Remanufactured Starter Compatible With/Replacement For 2.4L Honda Accord Element 2006-2008 & 2.0L Civic

DB Electrical AMT0187 New Alternator For Honda Civic 1.8L

Hobart N50-60 5-Quart Commercial Countertop Mixer, Gear-Driven, 3-Speed, Gray

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Buyer's Guide, Comparison and Advices


Solenoids are an essential component in the starting process

When your vehicle won’t start, the likely suspects are the battery, ignition and starter. But there is another important component in the starting system, namely the solenoid. Just like how every link determines the strength of a chain, the solenoid is an important link in the series of components that start a vehicle. If you’re experiencing starting problems, don’t forget to check the condition of your solenoid as well as the other components.

What does a solenoid do?

First, let’s look at how solenoids are made to help understand their function. Solenoids have wire coils that wrap around a core. The ignition and battery send electrical currents that travels through the solenoid’s coil, which then pushes the mobile core outward to deliver electric to the starter. The ignition switch’s low power current combines with the battery’s stronger current to engage the starter. This action has sometimes been referred to as an electromagnet switch, linking the ignition and battery with the starter. When the engine starts, the solenoid discontinues the electrical flow to the starter.

Do solenoids wear out and go bad?

The short answer is yes. Wear and tear can lead to corroded contact points and burned out coils. Other problems include accumulation of grime or faulty wiring. Deterioration reduces the solenoid’s ability to deliver electric current to the starter. There are three conditions that shorten the life of a solenoid: 1) poor wiring, 2) excessive heat and 3) corrosive moisture.

What are the signs of a bad solenoid?

There is no one sign that exclusively pinpoints the solenoid as the culprit for starting problems. There are several signs in which solenoids should be highly suspect. The first sign is total silence when turning the ignition. Other signs include clicking sounds when turning the ignition key. Another problem with a failing solenoid is when it does not cut off the flow of electrical current after the engine starts. This malfunction can result in damage to the starter.

The bottom line about solenoids

The day that your vehicle won’t start begins the investigation as to why. There could be several causes. The solenoid, however, plays a significant role in the starting process, so it deserves attention as you evaluate your vehicle’s performance.



The electrical system in vehicles is dependent on the alternator, which generates the electricity to charge the battery and power all electrical components. When the alternator fails, the components that depend on electrical power may also falter or fail themselves. Stock alternators that come with vehicles will usually work just fine, but there are times that something more powerful is needed. That’s when a high-output alternator is recommended.

Alternators are made to generate a certain amount of amperage. High output alternators generate more amperage than do typical stock alternators. All electrical components will work just fine as long as their collective demand for electricity does not exceed the capacity of the alternator to generate current. When demand exceeds the alternator’s capacity, that’s when problems can occur and the need for a more powerful high output alternator comes into play.

In a way, how a vehicle’s electrical system works resembles a family picnic. Some components will draw more electrical current than others, just like people with heartier appetites will eat more than others. As long as there is enough current to power all electrical components, everything works fine. You’ll see the same thing at the picnic with everyone going home happy if there was enough food. It’s when there’s a shortage that problems occur.

A common question is whether the higher amperage of a high-output alternator could cause any damage with the added power. The answer to that is “no,” and the picnic analogy works here as well. If there is more amperage that’s needed or too much food, it simply goes unused, but it causes no other problems.

When is a high-output alternator advisable? Here are 5 times you might consider it:

  1. High-end audio systems. If you’re installing a booming audio system with powerful amplifiers and subwoofers, you’ll need a high-output alternator. These earth-shaking audio systems require a lot of electrical power.
  2. Off-roading vehicles: If your vehicle is designed to leave the pavement and find its own path, chances are you may need a high-output alternator to power auxiliary lights and accessories.
  3. Utility trucks: Vehicles that do strenuous work like snowplowing or towing generally require alternators that produce higher amperage.
  4. Performance issues: If your electrical accessories are not performing like they should, moving up to a high output alternator may be necessary. Things like flickering or dimming lights could be a sign you need more amperage.
  5. Frequent battery failures: If your battery fails more often than it should, your alternator may not be recharging it sufficiently. In that case, higher amperage may be necessary.

There’s no doubt that a high output alternator isn’t for everyone, but it is a solution for vehicles that need the extra power. High output alternators can keep the base from the audio system booming and the super-bright lights fully illuminated.




With beginnings as a starter and alternator rebuild shop in Kingsport, Tennessee, DB Electrical has been in business since 1981. While doing repairs in the early days, the shop also carried some auto parts for local do-it-yourselfers to purchase. Word spread quickly that this was a great place to find quality replacement parts. With the arrival of the internet, the company started selling alternators and starters online. That led to the company becoming the largest internet seller of starters and alternators to individual customers.


Everyone at DB Electrical works to keep your car, truck, boat, motorcycle, ATV, farm tractor or any vehicle operating smoothly. With our starters, alternators, generators and other electrical parts, your vehicle will run as well as it did the first day it took to the road, water, trail or field. We don’t take this mission lightly. Keeping you moving is important work. That’s why you can rely on DB Electrical to supply parts that deliver dependability every time.


DB Electrical strives to be a primary source of aftermarket parts for the electrical component market. The depth of our inventory is significant. We carry parts for many brands in the following categories: alternators, starters, bearings, ATV cooling, backup alarms, batteries, battery insulators, brake pads, CDI module boxes, gauges, generators, ignition coils, hydraulic motors, snow plow motors, solenoids, starter relays, tarp motors, trim motors, voltage regulators, winch motors and gaskets.


Over a million aftermarket parts have been sold over the history of DB Electrical to consumers in all 50 states. Vehicle owners have come to rely on us as the go-to source for quality replacement parts that last. Our parts meet or exceed OEM specifications, but they are often priced up to 30% less than comparable OEM components. That’s why a growing number of do-it-yourselfers and mechanics choose DB Electrical.


You can rely on DB Electrical as your trusted advisor in offering reliable, friendly advice. Our goal is to help you make an informed decision about finding the right parts to achieve optimal performance. We’ll be straightforward when a part is your best choice and when it is not. Our quality assurance pledge means we only want to sell you a specific part once, but we want to be your trusted source for another need when the time comes. It’s our pledge to you.

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