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#927549 - 11th Feb 2015 9:38pm Ignition Switch Relay Problem??
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Just had my mini returned after needing a new clutch. The guy who fixed it said the ignition was proving a bit faulty needing to turn it on and off several times, and that it might be the relay. (perfectly fine before clutch went)
Sure enough parked up in a car park when I came back it wouldn't turn engine over (no click like usual starter motor problem. )All the lights on the dash came on and went off as normal but had to keep turning key in switch on and off about 10 times and it suddenly fired up no problem. Wondering what might have been disturbed replacing the clutch. Any thoughts good peeps

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#927558 - 11th Feb 2015 10:00pm Re: Ignition Switch Relay Problem?? [Re: fish5133]
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Connections on the starter would be my first guess if it has only happened since he fitted the clutch.

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#927600 - 12th Feb 2015 12:24am Re: Ignition Switch Relay Problem?? [Re: fish5133]
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I had an old Clio that would do the same thing, it was the switch wire to the starter motor, it had worked loose and although it looked ok the space between the push on and the spade terminal had widened and gave poor contact, pair of pliars readjusted the push on and never had that problem again, it's worth checking.

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#927607 - 12th Feb 2015 7:38am Re: Ignition Switch Relay Problem?? [Re: fish5133]
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Could be a poor earth connection test by using a good quality jump lead from the negative on battery to engine block as tempory earth strap

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#927611 - 12th Feb 2015 9:07am Re: Ignition Switch Relay Problem?? [Re: fish5133]
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Sounds like a poor earth. Check battery terminals first and work back from there.

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#927637 - 12th Feb 2015 10:11am Re: Ignition Switch Relay Problem?? [Re: fish5133]
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He's probably forgotten to reconnect the engine earth strap. From what I remember, it's quite short, low down on the right hand side of the engine looking into the bonnet. It's easy to miss.

When the earth strap on my Mini broke, the starter got its earth from the accelerator cable and eventually melted it.

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#927714 - 12th Feb 2015 2:22pm Re: Ignition Switch Relay Problem?? [Re: fish5133]
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My manual does say battery and starter motor have to be removed to fit clutch so will look at those first. Cheers guys. Will post up solution if find it.

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#928224 - 14th Feb 2015 7:50am Re: Ignition Switch Relay Problem?? [Re: fish5133]
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Did you get it sorted if so what was it

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