Will try that test. Know I have not jumpered from terminal to terminal on the solenoid yet.
As to replacing the solenoid, which sounds like it might be the issue:
Along with cover 35857286000.
Descriptions for either at CSML both say the same thing - from serial number: 1042663.
Going to be in Houston for my birthday - not my idea of a great place to spend my birthday - but may go by Common Motor. Hopefully, i can drop off a set of mufflers I did not use and get store credit. Might use that to buy a solenoid.