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Problem with relays in starter circuit?
Posted 23 September 2005 - 07:33 PM
The several seconds of delay is always worse after the car has been unused for some time. Recently it consistently failed to start, so I disabled parts of the wiring until I found the relay under the dash, right under the glovebox. At this point I had the starter disconnected, and I could hear the relay when I tried to start. With the starter connected, it still failed to start. I cleaned the contacts, and it started immediately. I replaced it with a new Subaru relay several days ago, but since then the delay has grown again, until today it failed altogether, and I had to hot wire the starter.
Does all this mean it must be worn contacts in the ignition switch? The switch module looks pretty hard to take apart.
Posted 23 September 2005 - 07:50 PM
Relays have a range of voltage that they pull in at, usually staring at about 8 volts. Since you know which terminals are which, use a volt meter and see what the voltages are at the relay coil.
According to my trusty manual there is a starter interlock relay only if you have a stick. Also it could be a bad neutral saftey switch.
When it tires to start, is there a delay then it cranks normally, or does it crank slowly. By directly jumping the starter, you are also bypassing the battery cable.
There are a bunch of relays that energize when the car is in the on position. I dont think that relay has anything to do with it. Check the nattery cable. The very last thing to look at is the ignition switch.
Go to the "get it while its hot" post, the wiring diagram for the starter curcuit is there.
Sounds like it may be a weak starter winding, but cant tell from here.
Posted 23 September 2005 - 08:04 PM
Car has AT, so maybe it is the interlock switch for detecting the park/neutral position?
Posted 23 September 2005 - 08:14 PM
Posted 23 September 2005 - 08:54 PM
Next time it happens, put the car in neutral.
Thanks for the tip. I'll try that next time and report back.
Posted 26 September 2005 - 01:04 PM
Posted 26 September 2005 - 01:36 PM
Well it would not start with the key a couple od days ago, and fiddling with the shift lever had no effect. I repeatedly tried jiggling it between park and neutral, but no joy. I could hear the new starter relay under glovebox click, and the starter solenoid click too, but the starter failed to turn. Connecting the soledoid to the battery worked though, with the starter spinning at full speed.
You are experiencing a voltage drop to the starter. The simple fix is to add in an additional power source thru a relay. Vw had this problem for years. You can purchase an add on starter relay kit that will take care of your problems. The part number is WR1- made by Bosch. Good luck.
Posted 26 September 2005 - 02:31 PM
Posted 26 September 2005 - 02:58 PM
Clean your battery posts and cable ends., and make sure your posts have 100% contact with the battery. This is sounding more and more liks a bad battery cable or dirty cable connection
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