A & B ports on solenoid for auto pilot

steveinak

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The solenoid i have has the right & left ports marked A & B so what is right and what is left or does it even matter and the computer for the pilot figures it out ??? Or when i hook up the 12volt wires from the solenoid to the computer do i just switch the leads to correct right & left steering. Nothing in the computer instructions tells me much and the solenoid came with nothing but the bill !
Its going to be a bastage to squeeze in the hoses and tee fittings so i'm taking the steering motor and solenoid to the hydraulics shop and let then figure out how to plumb it. I don't really have any other spot to mount it without replumbing the whole system.
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Steve call Marty Bolcome at Roses in Gloucester, he is the guru with that valve.
1-877-283-3334 or if you want his email let me know
 

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Thanks Mike, that's who i ordered it from and Marty is a big help but he's always out of the store when i call, i thought he had already told me it didn't make any difference but i just thought i'd see if anyone else knew anything about them. I have his email and he knew the former owner of my boat.
Its a hose nightmare on my bulkhead wall so i don't want to make things worse (like it matters), i'm going to have to clean things up after this season. I just want to get the pilot working and get out fishing.
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I just did this on one of our boats. I had 3 wires on the boat. 4 wires in the Vickers solenoid.

One boat wire is a negative and shared. That goes to a wire from each coil. Then the remaining 2 wires each go to a coil.

You can hook up the negatives first and try with a meter to see which wire gets energized.

What I did was manually move each coil first. With the system running take a small screwdriver or a pick. On the black caps of each coil end there is a little hole. If you push there you can manually actuate each coil. So you now know which coil does what.
 

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No good today at the hydraulic shop, there's just no way to plumb in the tee's and not have a run around of hoses and i don't have the room for that !! I'm going to order the one piece monoblock solenoids from the guy in Rockland at least its a more compact unit. Shit another week before i get closer to fishing.
 

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Travis, I just don't have the room to snake around the hoses around and thru all the other hydro and fuel hoses, it was ok till i moved the helm to clear the partition wall and adding another set of kobelts didn't help either. Nobody around here to do tubing so i think that other style solenoid is my best bet, by the picture it looks like the ports are easier to plumb into. Its a 30 mile round trip to the hydro shop so i don't want to be running there a few times a day trying to get fittings and hoses made up only to find out i measured wrong or made a mistake. I should have known better than to think they would have anything i needed to do this, they just don't deal with this stuff here.
 
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