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Starter Relay? I here a clicking noise coming from the fuse panel with out the key in the ignition. The truck will turn over with the key on but won't start. I think it is a starter relay. what do you think?

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If the starter turns the engine then your starter system is working properly, i would start by checking all of the fuses both under the hood and in the interior panel as well if all is well, then check for spark and fuel

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A bad or Grounded-out Starter will ruin a Starter relay by melting its' contact points and then the Starter relay will make the noise you describe.

A smaller Relay in the fuse panel (Ignition Relay) may be keeping the small wires to your Starter Relay from working.

Start out by cleaning the Battery cables for the battery. If not fixed, have someone bypass the Starter Relay after you disconnect the small wires going to that Relay. When bypassed the Starter should turn and if the Key is turned on the RUN position, the engine should start. Be careful to have a stick-shift in Neutral or an Automatic in Park.

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please check all fuse is ok and not broken and open your car control panel and open starter relay after that check by an D.C. Tester and key turn to start position and check D.C. supply is coming on relay if supply is coming and relay won,t work then this relay is faulty and need to replace .

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