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Hello, is it the starter relay that is making a clicking noise in the fuse panel?
Ok if you have an owners manual , see if you can identify which relay it is. It is a common thing to see a starter relay melt and do damage to the fuse block. Make sure the battery has a full charge, if it is low on power, it can make the electric system do weird things.
Ok so it does start and run sometimes, and other times it wont power up the instrument cluster. When it runs does the charging system work properly? Was the vehicle involved in an accident? Does it have an aftermarket alarm system installed? You dont know which one of the relays is clicking? Or is it one of the internal relays that is part of the fuse panel and not servicable? DId you have a diagnostic check for codes of the abs system and engine control systems?
Ok, then it sounds like a failure inside the fuse box if it is a not servicable relay. It would be ideal to find out what codes are being stored for the abs systm and other computer modules in the vehicle to be sure it isnt anything else. The only other reason there could be this type of concern is if there is a loose or poor ground for one of the systems that is showing an issue. Which would be easier to isolate when codes are retrieved for the vehicle before replacing the fuse panel.
Either a bad ground or weak coil in the relay
Actually that style is probably a semiconductor, no moving parts for that type of internal relay on a circuit board.
Biting the bullet and spending a couple bucks having a dealer or shop with a good scan tool would be the way to go next.
Depending on what codes are stored, if it is showing a circuit fault for the same type of circuits for multiple module issues, it could be traced to a bad or loos or corroded ground. A mechanical relay is a coil and switch style relay. A relay that is part of a circuit board might be a semiconductor that closes when it is powered up, almost like a transistor operation.
You are just going to guess otherwise.
Thats all I can tell you without knowing more information on code status since these systems are setting warning lights. Long as charging system is working and battery is good, no bad cell.
Yes it can, as I mentioned earlier, a battery with a bad cell or issue can cause a voltage drop, like a bad ground and make the electrical system do odd things.
Absolutely. If system voltage drops below 9.6 volts. All sorts of issues will happen with the electrical system. Thats why I asked about the state of charge on the battery and charging system operation
With a voltmeter or when the concern is occuring ideally.
SHould have a good 13-14 volts output at the battery. Have the battery load tested and charging system tested. Most auto parts stores will do a basic check for free.
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