Hi again all. I'm hoping someone will have an idea on this situation. when I tried to start the engine a relay under the glove box of my 1998 Disco 4.0 began clicking rapidly and it wouldn't turn over at first but did after a few seconds but wouldn't start. I left the key in the ignition position to try and locate the sound. After a minute the clicking stopped and I tried it again and it worked. Later that day it started clicking again but this time wouldn't stop. Now the engine turns over sometimes and other times it doesn't. When it turns over however it won't start. I found the relay in a yellow box, removed the relay, took it apart and gave it a cleaning, and replaced it with no difference. I'm going through the RAVE manual over the past two days and can't find the relay to trace the circuit.
The battery is new. It's not the clicking that accompanies the starter with a weak battery. The clicking comes on when the key is in the second or ignition position, not in the third or starting position although it will stay on while cranking the engine.
Yesterday I took the ECM apart (located under the hood between washer resevior and fender PS)
It was Full of salt that acumulated through 3 drain hols in the bottom corner. I guess salt in solution with water from the road in winter was splashing onto the bottom of the ECM because of the rust hole in my wheel well PS. once inside the water drained out and the salt cristalized again.
So I Cleaned it out and there is no visual damage to any circuit components or the board but it was pretty obvious it was shorting some contacts ( i think salt is very conductive)
Once it was fixed up and put back in the same issue and the alarm was also going off until I pulled the positive from the battery.
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