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Starter Relay has failed twice in a couple of days. What could cause this? No problem until recently. Coincidence I hope. Could the starter or ignition switch cause this? Brian

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Does the starter run at a fast pace or is it slow and sluggish ?

Posted on Nov 09, 2008

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    Daniel Arellano Nov 10, 2008

    remove the starter from the vehicle. using a good battery and jumper cables, connect the ground cable to the outside of the starter. then be very careful . And connect the hot cable to the bolt where the battery cable is connected to the starter.(the positive connector) if it is good it will click and turn fast. if it is not good it will not turn at all or very sluggish and slow. if you want to do this do it safely. Never cross the negative and positive.Relace the starter if it is slow and sluggish. You are on your own to try this . Your choice. thats what I would do, but I am saying this so that it be your choice to do so.

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Can a bad starter relay burn out a starter


st people are familiar with fuses - they allow your car's electronics to work while protecting them from over-voltage situations. Relays are similar, but much larger and more powerful. There's a relay for most of the major components on your car, including the fuel pump, the air conditioner compressor and the starter.
Your starter relay is engaged every time you turn the ignition to run. Voltage is sent through the relay and if it has failed, it stops there. With a dead relay, the starter won't work and your engine won't crank. The relay is subjected to very high voltage when you turn the ignition, and this will eventually cause the contact circuit to burn out. It's also possible for the relay's energizing circuit to fail.
n terms of lifespan, your starter relay should last a very long time. Many drivers never have to replace theirs, but this isn't true across the board. Relays can and do fail at any point, including when the car is new. With that being said, starter motor failure is actually more common than a failed relay, and other problems can present similar symptoms, including a dead or dying car battery. f the starter relay fails, it's the same as if your starter motor fails in terms of what you can expect - you'll be stuck where you are until the relay can be replaced. However, there are signs and symptoms that can warn you of an impending failure and knowing these might save you some serious hassle. They include:
  • Starter will not engage at all
  • Starter stays engaged (creating a grinding noise)
  • Starter only works intermittently (usually when the engine is cold

Sep 29, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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Car was running fine. Then just didn't start. No response to key whatever except system lights all flash on like upon startup.


The most common cause of a non-starting car is the battery. It is either weak, (low voltage) dead, (zero voltage) or has bad connections. (corroded or loose) I will assume you have a fully charged battery with good connections. (both to battery and starter relay)
If you remove the starter switch lead (small wire) from the starter relay and apply +12v from the battery to its respective prong or lead on the relay, and your starter cranks, your starter switch is faulty. (not to be confused with your key switch). If you jump the two large wires together on the relay and it cranks, then the relay is faulty. If you jump the two large wires together and nothing happens, then starter is faulty, or wires to starter are loose or broken. Picture of starter switch prong on the relay is pictured. NOTE: sparks are to be expected, so don't be too scared. Pictured is a starter relay that is seperate of the starter, on models with starter and relay mounted together, its very similar.
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If you car has an immoboliser system, it may be faulty.

Dec 16, 2013 | 1995 Buick LeSabre

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Montehammons answered my Mazda 626 starting problem .BUT I wanted to ask, when it will not start I rock it and it starts ??? Trans relay switch?


I'm back, Gary-like that commercial on tv where mechanics chase cars down the road on creepers! You have a failing connection somewhere. If you rock it and it works, don't sound like a relay-don't sound like the neutral safety switch-it really sounds like a failing starter or starter solenoid. To check, wait till it won't start, then check for power at solenoid wire when key is held in crank. If power then, suspect a bad starter or solenoid-have tested. If no power, try a new relay-starter relay. Another relay in your car may be same as the starter relay (same part number) so try swapping a different relay. Again, doesn't sound like relay, but you never know until tested. Good luck.

Jan 14, 2013 | 1998 Mazda 626

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My 1999 Chrysler 300m has had two starter fires. Replaced starter twice in 6 months help!


Yes sir. The ignition switch/relay is not releasing the "start" connection when key is released after starting thereby solenoid remains on with stater running. If threr is a relay check and replace if necessary. If it's got no relay replace ignition switch.

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My 2002 isuzu trooper will not start. battery has been tested and holds a good charge. when i turn the key over there is no clicking or any noise at all for that matter. the headlights turn on just fine...


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    Your vehicle has a starter relay that could cause that problem. But it could be the starter/solenoid also.

    Oct 01, 2011 | 2002 Isuzu Trooper

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    97 GMC Sierra starter engagement intermittent. Gages ans all dash indications power up when key is rotated but starter will no always engage. No solenoid 'click' or other sound noticed. Thought the...


    This sounds primarily like a starter on it's way out. The next time the starter will not engage the first time, have someone else hold the key into the start position and you tap the starter with a hammer and if it engages, replace your starter. Let me know if you need instructions on how to do so.

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    2002 Sable. Two weeks ago, it will crank but not turn over. Day or so later it started fine, ran well for a week then did the same thing. It has happened twice now, tried replacing the starter motor relay,...


    Hi and welcome to FixYa!
    This is commonly caused by a faulty starter solenoid. If the starter solenoid is faulty it tends to trip during operation. One good reason why it starts and sometimes don't. Have it replaced and you'll be good.

    Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa! Have a good one!

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    Intermitent start


    Bad/malfunctioning relay. Let me know if you want to work on this.

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    1994 Grand Prix Starter Problem


    There are a couple of things that can cause this. First are you getting good quality starters? Are they really new or are they rebuilt? I would recomend a new AC Delco starter, and you can get them from some parts stores, not just a dealer. A starter relay can cause this too, replace it, it is inexpensive. The third possible cause would be the ignition switch, does it feel funny when you turn the key? The flywheel will nake a starter make unusual noise every time you crank the motor. As far as the keys, I have never heard of such, and I have been a GM mechanic for 20 years. Be sure you are getting a NEW starter. Good Luck

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