That is the electric starter solenoid.It's mounted in a rubber sleeve.
Huh. I wonder where mine is? Aren't they usually attached to the starter motor?
Starter solenoids are seldom attached to the starter any more. Very old school. In the old days the solenoid pulled the starter gear out to engage it with the flywheel. Nowadays, they use a centrifugal clutch built into the starter, so spinning the starter forces the gear out. That allows the use of a remote solenoid.Bare
Ok, that makes sense, but in that case, is it a solenoid?
If you prefer, you can call it a relay.Bare
........Perhaps it is like 'Fettuccine' vs. 'Linguini' - depends on its size.......
BTW, I found these a while ago:[image of battery terminal ends here]Cheap, way more hearty than stock, and available at any Napa Auto. Part #784572.Scott