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Engine cranks but does not start, I found a broken wire on what looks like an engine starter relay located on wall by battery. This is a small rectangle box about 1 1/2 " x 3/4" with two posts. One wire on each post. Once I reconnected the loose wire, engine started. Now the symptom is back, but the engine will start after two or three tries. I suspect this part, the supposed relay is going bad. I want to make a proper ID of this part to buy a new one. I had a mechanic which I paid tell me to buy the fuel solenoid at $500! Then I found the broken wire. I connected the broken wire to the only other loose wire around which is beige.

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  • tappanfarm Jan 07, 2009

    It is a diesel, standard. The fuel solenoid only needs to have someone push the rod to start, then it runs fine. I will take the part in as I have only seen pictures close to what it is on ebay. Thank you for your post.

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Take the old one to a parts store. U have probably the correct diagnosisi as when you have a bad contact/breaking wire on a relay it causes the relay to "chatter" which wears them out. Your relay should be < $30.
Is this gas or diesel? a faulty fuel soleoid on a diesel is not usually intermittent, they just fail and never work again. I'd get the relay first for sure!

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