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The ignition relay gets real hot when trying to start. Wont

Customer Question

The ignition relay gets real hot when trying to start.
JA: How many miles are on the car? Has the car been starting normally?
Customer: Wont start and tried a new ignition rely has ran great new engine 3 years ago; new plugs etc, 1 week ago; have MSD ignition sys and distributor
JA: What is the model/year of your Dodge?
Customer: 1986 dodge b150 with replacement 360 3 years ago
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Start failure, tried boost.. notice heat at Ignition rely; changed relay tried again...wires got hot, no start; I quit had it towed, service guy said "come in you have after market parts needs to talk? Now I look for understanding; ie he does not need to look down stream at MSD system and should concentrate on ign / starter side?
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: no
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Gary replied 10 months ago.

Hi there,

It sounds like it depends on what is connected to this relay.

I would take the MSD system out of the equation first.

Do you have a 6AL system?

If you have a crank no start condition, the starter circuit must be a separate.