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Starter doen't make a sound could the relay do this

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The starter relay gets energized first by the ignition switch. Then the heavier contacts of the relay connects the starter directly to the battery for the high current required.Check for 12v at the relay. If none, suspect your ignition switch. Don't forget the fuse.

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