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Really puzzling starter problem

Old 12-23-2018, 03:22 PM
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OK, I know the wealth of experience here can solve this one!
2002 Dodge stratus 2.7 wont crank with key. I can hear and feel the relay in the fuse box click. I have bench tested the relay and have continuity when it energizes, and I have swapped relays with the same results. I can't get to the starter solenoid without removing an engine mount. BUT, and here is the puzzler, if I pull out the relay and jumper the contacts the engine cranks, even with the key out of the car. So why isn't it cranking when the relay energizes? I do most of my own maintenance and repairs but this has me stumped. Oh, one more thing. This might not have anything to do with it but when I do drive the car the radio cuts in and out. When it cuts out the turn signals won't work and sometimes the wipers.

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