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PC1963T-Bird 09-13-2017 12:10 PM

Starting Question
So I've run into a starting issue with my 63. I've had issues where I don't drive it for awhile and the battery will die. Or die just enough so it won't turn over. I've bought a maintainer now so I won't have that issue in the future.

What I have now is, I charged the battery completely and fired it up the other day with no issues. Went and got a pizza and when I went to leave she didn't want to crank. On one crank cycle a small puff of smoke came out from under the hood right about where the starter relay is. I had replaced the relay about a month ago because I felt like it was failing. Even with a full battery the cranks were a little slow. Now she won't turn over at all. Could I have fried the relay? I've seen videos on how to test the relay now but just haven't had a chance to do it with Hurricane Irma bearing down on me. Wanted a Forum opinion too.

jopizz 09-13-2017 12:14 PM

You can just bypass the starter relay by jumping from one terminal to the other. Have you had the starter checked. If your starter is shorted it will fry the relay as you found out.


PC1963T-Bird 09-13-2017 01:21 PM


Originally Posted by jopizz (Post 110932)
You can just bypass the starter relay by jumping from one terminal to the other.


You've exceeded the limits of my mechanical knowledge I think. Can you give me a quick explanation on how to do that?

jopizz 09-13-2017 01:41 PM

You have two large terminals on either end. One goes to the battery + terminal. The other goes to the starter. Use a jumper cable or a heavy wire to touch one to the other. Your car will turn over if the starter is good. If you get sparks and your car does not turn over your starter or starter cable is bad. To test the relay remove the wire that's on the small left side terminal in the front. Connect a wire to the battery + terminal and touch the terminal on the relay. If the relay doesn't click and the car doesn't turn over the relay is bad.


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