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I am trying to determine the line or neutral wires in my frigidaire refridgerator. The starter/overload relay burned up and along with it the end of the wires. I have a new part but I am not sure which wire (white or red) goes to line or neutral. It appears that the white wire traces back to the power cord but I want to be sure.

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White is usually neutral and black is line.

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How do I start a 1997 Mercury Sable that doesn't make any sound when I turn the key? Just a clicking noise on the passenger dashboard side.

i cant move this post to mercury where it belongs so.....
so will pretend its a Mercury JEEP, OMG, and Obamanation.LOL
ill answer for you. (works on all cars, the era and automatic trans)

as poster said its NO CRANK , symptoms.
you are barking up the wrong tree, doing simple tests solves this easy. if the car only cranks in Neutral the park/neutral switch IS BAD (need more proof?, sure a voltmeter does just that)

! if you hot wired the starter solenoid, the car cranks, perfectly
so is not that, nor battery , just in 5min tests. that.
(hot wired the solenoid small wire !)

so the KEY line is dead, lets focus on KEY LINE.
starts and key and ends at starter solenoid tiny wire.
and in between (love to fail) are THINGs.
remember we can see your old car. not see hacks, and such.
i can spot hacks in 1/10th of second, can you>?

  1. bad park-neutral switch, or PRNDL, bad.
  2. bad relay, for same,
  3. bad wires, connectors end to end this key line,
  4. bad starter switch if fails park and neutral (easy huh)
  5. hacks, here, alarms, remote start bs, and endless possibles.

a $10 volt meter solves every failure here, easy, ask.

now ILL access the online FSM to see if there are surprises.
3 engines, and not stated in your post nor VIN,,so i can figure it.
3.0 L, no RELAY
3.0L and 3.4L SHO engine. both HAVE THIS RELAY !

see the PRNDL switch on the right, of dwg.?
on the non SHO, it connects to solenoid directly.
so see that 12v i marked on right , ?

must be about 11vdc minimum cranking, at all points
on the right, in park or neutral.
if one mode fails the switch for THAT mode is bad.
fails is like 0v, 1v, 8v
the rule of solenoids is 8v is the fail point. 8v is chatter point.
seen in alaska mostly.
the relay be better guess than $200 starter/battery.


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Where is the start relay on a 96 Geo prism I can find it

wont crank? Check fuses first? (USA answers)
use the scan tool and get P1500" starter signal dead?
which engine, 1.6L or 1.8L which trans, A/T or M/T (auto./stick)
did you try cranking in Neutral (guessing A/T)??
the relay with 2 white wires, it is.
the USA left drivers side fuse box. is WHERE it is.
if you hot wire the starter and it cranks its, ok the starter
if car cranks in Neutral the PRNDL switch is bad.
if the relay below has 12vdc on coil or 11v, cranking
voltmeter across coil and output contact is dead the relay is bad.
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Start relay and overload. This is a pretty easy fix. Unplug fridge remove back access panel by compressor. Disconnect the start relay and overload attached to compressor. Pay attention to how they come off so you can put new ones on. Disconnect wires going to RCO (start relay overload) all you should see on the compressor now is 3 pegs in a triangle sometimes upside down triangle. This is important when putting new ones on or you can mess up the compressor. Put RCO together exactly how the old ones are and put on compressor exactly how old ones came off. Reconnect your wires and plug compressor in. The compressor should start right away some models it can take up to 30 seconds unless the fridge is in defrost than wait until defrost cycle ends. The start relay is called the PTC relay and the overload is the protector/ protect relay. You need to buy both parts. Any questions please reply.

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Hello, You need to check the Starter Relay. The Starter Relay connects the Battery to the Starter when you turn the Key to Start. There are 1 or 2 small wires that connect on the Starter Relay.

The idea is the Key sends power to the small wire to make the Starter Relay work. You need to test the Starter Relay. Have your car in Neutral and out of gear. You can use a jumper cable and bypass the Starter Relay by connecting one end of the Single jumper cable to the terminal connector from the Battery where it mounts on the Starter Relay. The other end will be live, hot, and full of power so watch where you lay it.

Then there will be sparks when you touch the end of the jumper cable to the mounting connector coming from the Starter where it bolts onto the Starter Relay. The Starter should crank. This will mean the new Starter is good. You can use any metal tool to bypass the Starter Relay if you do not have a jumper cable. Be Careful, the tool can melt and burn you.

One final test is needed. The small wires I mentioned earlier are important to making the Starter Relay work. You need to see if the small wire is getting power when the Ignition Key is turned to Start. You need a test light or Voltmeter to show if the small wire is providing power. If the small wire is providing power, then you need to replace the Starter Relay and you are good to go.

If you are not getting power through the small wire, then you must trace down the problem. There is a Safety switch on the clutch linkage or Brake linkage which must be pressed before it lets the Starter work. This is called an Interlock switch. There can also be a safety switch in the shift linkage which must be in Neutral before allowing the Starter to work. These get power from the Ignition switch which may also be bad.

You most likely fixed the problem just by replacing the Starter Relay. If you do not want to test, just buy a Starter Relay. I gave you extra information for bad switches and how to pinpoint the problem and this time you might not need to know this stuff.

I hope my solution is very helpful to you.

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Good day,
If the failure occured on lines owned by the power company, then that is their problem. File a claim, and call a service company for repairs.
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The items you have working are hot wired items.
They are powered up as soon as the machine is plugged in.
If the fans are running, your on the right track. If they will not run either, it would be in the areas i've'd described above.
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