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2002 starter relay

Sometimes when I turn the ignition switch I hear a "click" somewhere in the panel behind the rear seats or trunk area. The car will start after a couple of tries, but it seems to be getting worse. I think it is a starter relay of some sort, and I think I'm savvy enough to replace it. I just can't seem to find it without major dismantlement. I had this same problem on a Lexus SC coupe I used to own and never did find the relay and ended up selling it cheap only to find out the buyer fixed it in about an hour. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks guys.

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Hi from uk the starter relay you mention ? in uk we know it as the starter solenoid which is fixed to starter motor and has the positive cable from battery attached along with a thinner cable which provides elec's for cars fuse/other relays box the problem you mention may ? be the thin wire (not cable) that connects to solenoid near the other cables it will have either spade or round push on connector this wire is the wire from ign switch that when key start position is selected it energises the solenoid and main starter rotates to start engine so in effect? you are near by calling it a relay as it is a heavy duty relay make sure this wire is secure and free from corrosion hope you now understand function of starter ? best wishes

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