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Old 01-17-2020, 05:52 PM   #1
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Post 95 d21 wont start has power

Recently changed out the battery and alternator as well as a fuse joint. Ran fine for a few days till today. Battery has charge. Put key in it dings and lights on dash come up. No crank no clicking from outside. Clicking coming from second relay from left in the cabin above the fuses. This isn't a rapid click it only clicks ones when u turn the key and then stops till you turn the key again. Also hear the same click from somewhere out side the car not sure where but will looking into more. Just looking for some insight on this.

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Old 01-17-2020, 05:57 PM   #2
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Check the blue relay on the passenger inner fender. It has 2 plugs. Also search starter relay on here.
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Old 01-17-2020, 06:27 PM   #3
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If your relays are good check the ignition switch. Just had this same problem a couple weeks ago. You can take the covers off the steering column. On the left side where the ignition wires go into the switch you should see a single screw on top. Take it out and you can pull the assembly out and start it with a screwdriver or key etc. If it starts that way its the switch. Also check your clutch safety switch behind your clutch pedal.
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Recheck the battery cables as well.
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Old 01-18-2020, 02:52 AM   #5
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If you have the starter relay clicking it's one of 2 things, starter relay or starter. The contacts on the relay, like I had happen on my 86.5 , take a significant load and arc just before closing and just after opening. This arcing that happens in relays eventually burns the contact pads to the point the resistance is enough to prevent current flow either by oxidation or actually burning away.



I got lucky and had a bad starter and a bad starter relay at the same time. Was a blast!





If the relay is not clicking you have a few things to check. Clutch safety switch, ignition switch (key switch), fusable links, and battery connection is all I can think of off the top of my head. It's a very simple system. Early trucks have a relay that the clutch safety switch activates. If the contacts on that are bad or the coil is bad the starter relay won't close either.
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Old 01-18-2020, 02:27 PM   #6
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If you have the starter relay clicking it's one of 2 things, starter relay or starter.

Or #3: weak battery. Try a jump start from a different vehicle.


Batteries must be tested under load. That means measure voltage across the battery terminals WHILE the relay is clicking/trying to start. Post that.
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Weak battery would be starter clicking. The relay will only pull a few milliamps and will only click once on closure and once when opening. It's an all or nothing thing. If it doesn't have enough power it just won't do anything.
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I bought this one about 4 years ago. Great product

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000EVYH72/

Here is a little 5-minute video to give you an idea on how to check the ignition timing.

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