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Where is the starter relay located on a '91 80 Series?

The starter motor and fuses on my Cruiser are tested and ok but there is no power getting to the starter solinoid when the key is turned. To me, it suggests a faulty starter relay or the ignition switch itself. Trouble is - I can't tell which is the starter relay....

There are a couple under the bonnet and about 4 at the drivers feet behind the kick panel. The ones under the bonnet appear to be for the glow system. Does anyone know how to ID the starter solinoid?

80 Series STD 4.2ltr diesel 1991 manual


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