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No Start When the key is turned the relay clicks and I have 12v supplied @ bat. term & energizing wire , starter & solenoid are gd. Starter works on bench but nt in vehicle.

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  • jimmykellyle Jan 02, 2009

    i have the same problem but mine is a automatic, change the starter,

  • Jackson Hisey
    Jackson Hisey May 11, 2010

    have you tried turning the engine over by hand? Take the spark plugs out and put a socket with a big ratchet on the crankshaft and see if it spins easily. The engine could be seized.



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I had the same problem. If it it is a straight drive there is a switch on the clutch pedal. It can be depressed far enough to disengage the clutch and still not activate the switch. You can bypass directly from the positive termainal on the battery to the wire going to the starter to test. However, if you leave that connected the clutch will activate the starter every time you depress it all the way. I replaced the relay module after determining that everything else was working. No problems since. (it is a pain to remove that starter -- but I guess you know that now)

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Replace the clicking relay (on the fender by the battery). The contacts have high resistance so just because it clicks means nothing. You can temporarily short the two heavy wires going to it at its connector with a heavy solid copper wire If the vehicle starts, it's definitely the relay. Even if it doesn't, replace it anyway as these things wear out and only cost $15 or so -- good insurance.

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And check the wires on the clutch release switch.

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Have a voltmeter? stop guessing, use the meter. same time and $$$$
starter? but what are the symptoms. ?????? no start sure. but
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if the old relay was burned to a crisp in inside (did you look) then
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100- 200 amps (no engine stated but is covered in the FSM)

here is a voltage plot.
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no wire pulled, this is a live test.
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