Solenoid / battery disconnect.
I work in a not so nice neighborhood, and drive what is quickly becoming a very nice jeep. And i am beginning to worry about theft.
I have a kill switch, but it doesnt take much for someone to find it or just get around it.
I want to put on one of those "battery disconnects" on it, but i dont want to have it visible, and i dont want to have to go crawling under my jeep to get to it every time i get in my car, or running 20' of 2ga wire to some remote location and back.
so what i was thinking was this...
what if i were to get a starter solenoid, like jeeps typically use, the ford style external solenoid that mounts on the firewall.
I would just run a switch from the dash to this solenoid, and then have the battery itself run thru this solenoid, just like you would use a manual battery disconnect, except this would be a more remote style where you could easily hide or disguise the small disconnect toggle switch and be able to run small gs wire to anywhere you needed, and could keep the cutoff soleniod right next to the starter.
My question however is this...
Are those solenoids capable of remaining closed for extended lengths of time? I know as they are commonly used, they kick in for a few seconds to start the car, and then go back to the open resting position.
Will the solenoid burn out if you leave it open for hours at a time? Obviously it will take power to keep open. and of course i would have to be sure there was power to the solenoid swith even when the battery was "disconnected".
but would this work with a starter solenoid?
or is there another type of solenoid or very large relay that could handle this task?
Any Other security measures you all have done of seen in the past?