Starter Relay location on 95 Windstar...

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  1. Pete

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    Hey again everyone!
    Can someone give me the location of the starter relay on this 95 Windstar with a 3.8L and 222K on it?
    Starting is intermittent and I'm not sure it's the starter as it doesn't have the signs such as a clicking when the ignition is turn to the start position and I jumped the starter and it spun but didn't engage. I'm thinkin' relay but I just can't find the thing and the fuse box under the hood just refers you back to the manual which this lady doesn't have.
    Thanks so much and as always, God bless you folks for helping out others in need!
    Peter
     
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    There are actually a couple of relays/solenoids in the starting circuit. There is a relay in the under-hood relay box its a common run of the mill relay that you can swap out with another relay as they are multi use. Just compare the part #'s before you swap. Next there is a starter solenoid that should be mounted up by the fender, this is commonly the one that everyone jumps with a screw driver to get the car to crank over. Seen numerous ones replaced and its not too expensive to replace. Last is the solenoid on the starter itself, usually people replace the starter if they want to service it.

    From your description it sounds like the motor is good, however the starter drive gear is not being kicked out and turning the flywheel. I would look for a problem on the starter myself. How old is this starter ? And for that matter how old is the battery ?

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  3. Pete

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    Thanks so much for the reply Ford dude! I am most grateful!!
    From what she tells me she's never replaced it and she' put on about 175K on this. The battery looks to be new (no grit or grime accumulated).
    The strange this is she just called and told me it started. That sounds just like a starter motor, doesn't it? Could a relay do that also?
    God bless!
    Peter
     
  4. crunch

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    The starter should have a solenoid on it.
    The little wire going to it sometmes has a connection problem on the plug in.
    Whe no start check it ther there and see if it is getting 12 volts to and threw that plugin and wire.
     
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    12 Volts when the ignition is turned to START? Sorry for my ignorance. I am just mechanically inclined with cars to get me into trouble sometimes.
    Thanks crunch and God bless!
    Peter
     
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    If you are getting 12 volts to small wire at the solenoid ad the solenoid wire connector at solenoid iis good.
    Starter sholld kick in if starter s good and it has good battery voltage on positive battery cabel.

    If it is only acting up at times you my have to catch it in the act to test it.
    If you replace the starter check on a brand new one.

    Sometimes about a cheap as a rebuilt.
    Good Luck.
    Crunch
     

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