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Old 10-12-2021, 04:17 PM   #1
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'95 E350, 460 V8 - Starter relay location?

Hi all,

Noob here with a '96 E350 SMB, it has the 460 V8. It suddenly won't start (no click, won't turn over). Battery is good, all accessories work. I tried starting it in P and in N, same symptoms. I tried jiggling the shifter while turning the key, no difference. So I suspect the starter relay, the starter solenoid, and the neutral safety switch, in no particular order. (It clicked once, and it also caught/fired normally once, out of many attempts to start it.)

I reviewed my Chilton's carefully and I looked for the starter relay/solenoid on the fender wall where it "should" be according to the manual, but I don't see anything that looks like the relay/solenoid there. I also pulled the doghouse and looked along the inside walls of the dash/firewall, but I don't see anything there either.

Where is the starter relay/solenoid? Am I blind, or is it hidden behind/under something else? Any advice/suggestions/constructive criticism is welcome.

Thanks, and apologies if I am posting this in the wrong place -- as I said, noob here.

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Old 10-12-2021, 04:35 PM   #2
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It is to the right of the radiator under the lip of the top support beam. Right in front of the battery. If it is dirty it looks like two nuts next to each other. Nothing fancy.

My previous experience with non-starts was the ground terminal at the battery was not super tight. It needs to be very tight. Also the starter does go bad. It has to turn a massive flywheel on the 460

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Old 10-12-2021, 05:04 PM   #3
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Thanks for the tip(s)! I will doublecheck the negative terminal and take another look for the relay where you suggest.
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