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The starter relay is not receving a ground siginal, when I connect a jumper from the relay ground terminal to a ground the starter works and the engine starts. 1993 Dodge Caravan 3.0L V6. I have been told that the ground siginal comes from the computer. Is vthat true?

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Any suggestions on one that will not start

If your saying the starter motor won't crank? Make sure battery has a full charge and connections all good. Check starter wiring circuits. I'd have to make sure security system doesn't have a problem?
If there is a starter relay, on load side of relay, one terminal is hot all the time, If you use jumper wire between the proper two terminals, on load side of relay, the starter should crank. If you try that, make sure tranny is in park or neutral and functional parking brake is set. With automotive relays, they have two sides, coil/control side and the other side is switch/load side that carries voltage to starter. Even if we get starter motor to crank, if security system is involved, it still won't start.
If you have proper voltage and ground at the starter motor and no starter action, I'd have to check starter motor.

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Check car relay and check car problem with obd2 diagnostic tool, it is quickly and easy at OBD Tools 365 Days Shop
Find the particular relay you want to test. Depending on the circuit it controls, the relay may be located under the dashboard or inside the engine compartment in a junction block.
Turn the ignition switch to on to energize the particular circuit you are testing, if necessary.
Connect the alligator clip from a test light to any good ground on your vehicle. Probe the wire coming out of the relay and going to the component with the tip of the test light. If the bulb in the test light glows, there is voltage, and your relay is working properly.
Probe the wire or wires feeding voltage to the relay with the test light following the same procedure used on the previous step. If the light glows, there is incoming voltage. Otherwise, the relay is not receiving voltage. Check the voltage source.
Switch the ignition key off. Unplug the relay from its electrical connector, making sure not to break the locking tabs on the relay.
Identify the relay's power and control terminals. Some relays show a circuit diagram on top of the case to identify these terminals.
Check for continuity between the two power terminals using an ohmmeter. There should be no continuity. If there is continuity, replace the relay.
Connect a jumper wire between the battery positive terminal and one of the control circuit terminals on the relay. Connect the other control terminal to ground with another jumper wire. If you do not hear a click as you make the second connection, reverse the connections. If you still do not hear a click, replace the relay.
Connect the jumper wires as you did on the previous step. Using an ohmmeter, check for continuity between the two power terminals. If there is continuity, the relay is working properly. Otherwise, replace the relay.

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No Turning of the engine: Starter tested~Good, Battery Tested~Good, Changed the Park/Neutral Switch, but still no response. When I turn the key, I get all the lights and sounds, but the motor will not even...

Change the actual ignition switch? Test light at starter signal wire while someone turns key to see if you have power at signal wire. Check all your grounds after that. Still nothing take steering column apart and change ignition switch .

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How do i test my fuel pump relay i think it is bad ? 92 chevy 1500 4x4 V8 5.0

Hi, to test your fuel pump relay, unplug the relay, identify the two control circuit terminals and the two power circuit terminals. Most relays have a diagram printed on the case itself to identify these terminals. If not, look at the mounting base of the relay. The two thin-gauge wires that connect to the relay feed the control circuit terminals; the other two thick-gauge wires connect to the power terminals. Test for continuity between the two power terminals on the relay. Using an ohmmeter, set it at the lowest resistance range and touch the meter leads to each of the relay power terminals. You should read infinite resistance; otherwise, the contact points are shorted. If this is the case, replace the relay. Connect the end of a fused jumper wire to the positive terminal of the car battery and the other end to one of the control circuit terminals on the relay. Hook the end of a regular jumper wire to the other control terminal and touch the other end of the jumper wire to a good ground on your vehicle (this could be the engine block itself). As you touch ground with the wire, the relay should make a clicking sound. If not, swap the jumper wire connections. If you still cannot hear the click sound, the relay is shorted. Replace the relay. Leave the jumper wires connected to the relay control terminals and test the power terminals for continuity as you did in step 4. This time you should read zero or a resistance value in the hundredths or thousandths. If you read infinite resistance, replace the relay.

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My car just clicks when i try to start it new batt & alt

The starter solenoid may be faulty. The following procedure explains how to inspect and test the solenoid.

  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
  2. Inspect the starter and solenoid for corrosion or looses connections.
  3. Lower the vehicle.
  4. Remove the starter relay from the PDC. Connect a remote starter switch or a jumper wire between the battery positive post and terminals 87 of the starter relay connector.
  5. If the engine cranks, the starter and solenoid are OK.
  6. If the engine does not crank, or the solenoid chatters, check the wiring and connectors from the relay to the solenoid for loose or corroded connections. Particularly the starter terminals.
  7. Repeat the test. If the engine still fails to crank properly, trouble is within the starter or solenoid.


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1993 sierra gmc truck wont start... speedometor races battery working and has had the starter replaced. Gages jumping relays clicking, but no juice to the

If your starter has 2 or more small wires on it you may have switched the terminals. If you have a separate starter relay you can bypass the relay with a jumper cable and send 12 volts to the starters only main cable. It should crank, have it in Park (Auto) or Neutral (stick shift). If the starter does not crank bypassed then the only thing missing is a good ground. Use a pair of jumper cables and try grounding the starter case and connect the cable to a good ground. With the gauges dancing usually a bad ground is the reason, so the jumper cables will help with that problem too, at least for test reasons.

If you had the old starter tested, then you know it was the first problem. But if the old starter was not tested your problem could be a bad starter relay, an ignition switch,or finally a bad ground. Check the grounding of the remote starter relay, check for a plug-in connector off the end of the steering column for corrosion.

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I replaced the starter and the starter relay and battery in my 1997 3.0 dodge caravan and it still will not start. Some how power is not getting to the starter.

Try routing a jumper cable to the starter terminal where the battery cable goes to & then hook it to your positive bayyery connection. Then try to start it. If nothing happens you have a bad ground connection

Jan 16, 2010 | 1997 Dodge Caravan

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My 2000 Ford Expedition has erratic poor starting. Starter cranks, but no ignition. I have sprayed carb cleaner in the air intake hood (downstream of filter )and then it starts and runs. I suspect the...

If it is a single click, the problem lies in the starter solenoid or relay. If it is several clicks in succession, the battery may be low or there may be a loose cable. ---------- also try this :-- Please make sure the battery is fully charged before doing this test! Also make sure all the connections on the starter, battery and cable ends are tight and clean! this is important!! This won't be fun to test but it will tell you if the starter is good or not. Crawl under the car. (Make sure you use the proper jacks and jack stands!) find the end of the starter (not the end that is attached to the bell housing) and find the solenoid switch. it should have 3 bolts on it. Two large ones and a small one. The top large wire should be the positive battery cable, the bottom large wire should go into the starter and the small wire should be from the ignition switch. Take a wire and hold it to the top large wire on the solenoid. (be careful of the other end of that wire when you have it connected to the top large wire of the solenoid! don't ground this wire. it will turn out badly. take the other end of the wire and touch it to the small bolt on the solenoid end. If the starter is working, the solenoid should engage and the starter will turn. If this happens it is most likely the ignition switch. If the starter doesn't turn, the starter could be bad. ==== Starter Relay Test
Place transmission in Park.
Apply parking brake.
Check for battery voltage between starter relay battery terminal and ground.
Connect jumper wire on starter relay between battery and ignition terminals.
If engine does not crank, connect a second jumper wire to starter relay between ground terminal and good ground and repeat test.
If engine cranks in step 3, transmission linkage is misadjusted or neutral safety switch is defective.
If engine does not crank in step 3, starter relay is defective.
Follow this step by step and you will pinpoint the problem.
This will help. Thanks please keep updated.please do rate the solution positively .thank you for using fixya.

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My Subaru Legacy Outback won't start and the battery is fully charged, the starter won't even click, what is the problem?

Starters don't click.
Solenoids click.

So remove push-on connector from Solenoid wire.
Should be clean, secure & relay bracket grounded.
Connect a jumper wire between battery positive terminal & the exposed terminal on the solenoid.
If starter motor now operates then it's the ignition switch.
If starter motor does not operate then replace solenoid.

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