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Username Post: Starter Relay        (Topic#362578)
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09-15-20 12:26 AM - Post#2803496    

Can anyone tell me where the starter relay wires go, i know 1 goes to coil & 1 to earth...everytime i drive car she gets all jumpy and then dies...I then unhook front terminal & rear terminal and join them up and away car goes no problems...can some one explain what i am bypassing by joining these 2 wires..
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09-16-20 05:11 AM - Post#2803553    
    In response to Wombat64

Does this help? There is no relay on a stock vehicle just the solenoid. But a lot of people use the aftermarket relays for a boost.

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09-16-20 06:29 AM - Post#2803565    
    In response to turbo38s10

Can you post a picture? Maybe a previous owner installed a starter relay on your car. Otherwise, which front terminal and rear terminal are you talking about?

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09-16-20 02:42 PM - Post#2803598    
    In response to Wombat64

On stock wiring, there are NO wires that go to earth. Everything is grounded to the engine or body, by its metal housing or frame. I think you are shorting something out. What color wires?

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Edited by acardon on 09-16-20 02:43 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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09-17-20 02:26 AM - Post#2803629    
    In response to acardon

Stock starter? How many terminals on your starter? Stock wiring? Stock points?

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09-17-20 07:28 AM - Post#2803645    
    In response to acardon

  • acardon Said:
On stock wiring, there are NO wires that go to earth. Everything is grounded to the engine or body, by its metal housing or frame. I think you are shorting something out. What color wires?

I believe that Wombat64 is not from the US or Canada, and as such, he refers to ground as "earth". On almost all cars produced since 1956 earth or ground is the negative battery terminal. Prior to 1956, there were cars that were either negative or positive grounding, and you had to know exactly which it was before hooking up a battery. Unfortunately, old terms never seem to die, and "earth" could be either positive (+) or negative (-).
On most cars produced after 1956, the negative cable from the battery goes to the engine block, and there are small braided copper cables that connect the engine block to the firewall. On various brands of vehicles, you might also find small grounding wires on other areas of the vehicle to assure proper grounding, such as from the frame to the core support, etc.. All GM cars produced in North America since 1955 are all 12 volt negative ground cars. Some GM brands prior to 1955 were either 12 volt or 6 volt negative ground.
For more information about Positive grounds, read this article. Link

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