Originally Posted by funkjosh
ok. the consensus is L1 black, L2 white. is there a way i could test these wires safely with a multimeter to find hot and neutral to be 100% sure? thanx
There's no electrical test that will reveal which wire goes to the overload. The only way to be completely certain is to disassemble the motor and look at where each wire goes.
The reality is that if they're reversed, the only difference is that the overload will break the neutral instead of the hot. Since all of this is contained inside the motor, it doesn't matter.