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After replacing the starter relay and starter in my 1988 ford ranger 2 wheel drive 5 speed 2.3 engine, I tried to hook up the battery and now my starter engages without my key in the ignition

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  • Marlene S. Nov 08, 2014

    the old relay had 3 post and this one has 4 , will putting a washer between wires on the battery post on relay cause a constant currant?



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That would indicate the live current is continually active at the starter! It should only be live when the key is turned!

Posted on Nov 08, 2014

Testimonial: "yes thanks we know this but what would cause it to be live when it wasn't before changing relay and starter?"

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    Mikey Nov 08, 2014

    If you have replaced all old parts with identical replacements then this would point to a faulty part!


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Can't explain why this happened when it did, maybe a weird coincidence? But it sounds like the bendix on the starter is bad. You can either replace the entire starter with a remanufactured unit or just the starter's bendix.

Posted on Nov 08, 2014

Testimonial: "thanks but this is the second NEW remanufactured starter from Oriely's auto,and it is doing the same thing as the first one. touch positive cable to battery and it engages!!! :("

  • Pierre LaMontagne Nov 10, 2014

    After reading your Testimonial, it sounds more like the starter relay is stuck. Replace it.

  • Marlene S. Apr 05, 2015

    We replaced the starter and relay 3 times now with the same result.



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Try disconnecting your alternator temporarily. It may have a shorted diode but that would also normally drain the battery too unless it charges over a relay.
The starter relay can't cause this alone and the currents through the ignition switch mostly control relays. If removing the alternator cable didn't work, I would remove the starter (only a few bolts) after disconnecting the ground cable from your battery and try turning it by hand. It should be stiff but not impossible and if it refuses to turn, it may have a short from the field to the case.  It isn't really possible to use a multimeter to check the starter's windings because they are very low resistance when normal (the beast draws 120-200 amps to start) and would look like shorts on a standard meter anyhow. 

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The starter relay on the fender is the most common cause of this condition. ,It is on passenger side feder in the engine compartment, it is round and the positive cable of the battery goes to it,

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A common misconception is that a battery light indicates a problem with the battery itself. A battery light actually indicates that your electrical system is running off the battery and that your alternator has gone bad. The check engine light could be a number of things and I would need a code to tell anything with that. I would start with a new alternator, and if this has been going on more than a few weeks I'd replace the battery to be safe. The idle issues could very well be caused by a lack of electrical power for the system to run on. Also if your battery is 5 years old it may just be time to replace it for its age, but again, the alternator is what is causing your battery light, not the battery.

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