$56.79 - for a Relay?

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Old 06 Apr 2004, 12:10 am   #1 (permalink)
Huang Chung
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Default $56.79 - for a Relay?

I got some excellent advice from Mr. Jason James and Winston
concerning the Starting problem I'm having with my 94 Camry L.E.
(4 Cyl).

It might be this starter relay, I called the dealer and they want
$56.79. Is anyone aware of a possible better source? Autozone never
heard of this relay, is there some kind of cross reference?
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Old 06 Apr 2004, 02:13 am   #2 (permalink)
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"Huang Chung" <WangChung@ev1.net> wrote in message
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> I got some excellent advice from Mr. Jason James and Winston
> concerning the Starting problem I'm having with my 94 Camry L.E.
> (4 Cyl).
>
> It might be this starter relay, I called the dealer and they want
> $56.79. Is anyone aware of a possible better source? Autozone never
> heard of this relay, is there some kind of cross reference?
> Spammers Persecuted


You can try http://www.toyota-parts.com/. Do a google search for other
dealers that sell genuine parts on-line.


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Old 06 Apr 2004, 11:37 am   #3 (permalink)
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Huang Chung <WangChung@ev1.net> wrote in message news:<2ce47090mhkiht965lbfsosbn1visjfi76@4ax.com>. ..

> It might be this starter relay, I called the dealer and they want
> $56.79.


Here's a suggestion. Try asking for a better price.
Go in person.
Talk to the parts counter person.
Explain that you would like to buy your parts there. I usually explain
that I've been buying parts there for a certain number of years,
bought this part or that part or had this particular experience.
Ask if they can provide a better price on the starter relay. Something
like "Can you do any better on the price for this starter relay?"
Worst they can say is "no, that's our price."
I've been surprised that often, they will do some calculations and
come up with a better number for you.
Not always. But quite often.
First discovered this when I had a Mercedes with a limited slip
differential, requiring their special lubricant. Seems the prior owner
didn't always use it, and I was getting some slipping occassionally.
I just stood there in genuine shock after hearing the price for one
container of this special gear oil, trying to decide what to do. I
needed the part, but couldn't really afford that price - when after a
few minutes, the parts person volunteered a better price.
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Old 06 Apr 2004, 11:54 am   #4 (permalink)
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Huang Chung <WangChung@ev1.net> wrote in message news:<2ce47090mhkiht965lbfsosbn1visjfi76@4ax.com>. ..

> It might be this starter relay


I'd carefully check the starter interlock before purchasing the relay.
Make sure your brake light switch (pin switch above the brake pedal
arm) is properly adjusted, and that all your brake lights are
illuminated. As a safety feature, if the car is not in Park with the
brake lights on - car will not start.
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Old 06 Apr 2004, 12:22 pm   #5 (permalink)
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"Huang Chung" <WangChung@ev1.net> wrote in message
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> I got some excellent advice from Mr. Jason James and Winston
> concerning the Starting problem I'm having with my 94 Camry L.E.
> (4 Cyl).
>
> It might be this starter relay, I called the dealer and they want
> $56.79. Is anyone aware of a possible better source? Autozone never
> heard of this relay, is there some kind of cross reference?
> Spammers Persecuted



Fault finding by elimination is one way to clear the fault,...but can be
expensive. How about listening to the relay, or a home-made stethoscope (a
long crewdriver works well), to check whether it is operating or not, when
the problem is happening?

This way you save money plus you learn a bit about automotive electronics
(once described as being an invention of the devil).

check back.

Jason


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Old 06 Apr 2004, 08:16 pm   #6 (permalink)
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"Huang Chung" <WangChung@ev1.net> wrote in message
news:2ce47090mhkiht965lbfsosbn1visjfi76@4ax.com...
> I got some excellent advice from Mr. Jason James and Winston
> concerning the Starting problem I'm having with my 94 Camry L.E.
> (4 Cyl).
>
> It might be this starter relay, I called the dealer and they want
> $56.79. Is anyone aware of a possible better source? Autozone never
> heard of this relay, is there some kind of cross reference?
> Spammers Persecuted


Hi,
If this is the usual plug in type relay.
Would it not be possible to unplug the relay and energise it with 12 volts
externally.
And place an ohm meter across the contacts to check for a short circuit.
Or put a load across the switching side to check. Light bulb would do with
12 votls in series with relay contacts.

It maybe that an adjustment could be made or the contacts cleaned.
Anyone in electrical work should be able to check it out for you.

Or is it the main relay in the strarter motor area that switches very high
current.
Again this may just require a strip and clean.


Johnny UK.


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