CATEGORY:       TECHNICAL

ATTENTION:      ALL DMC DEALERS/SERVICE MANAGERS

SUBJECT:        STARTER SOLENOID CIRCUIT MODIFICATION
                PRIOR TO V.I.N. 2547



On early vehicles (prior to V.I.N. 2547), the starter
solenoid's operating voltage, in certain conditions,
was not high enough to ensure a consistent, reliable
operation.  This condition was displayed by a voltage
drop characteristic in the main wiring harness on
vehicles with slightly discharged batteries.  To correct
this condition a starter circuit modification was intro-
duced into production starting at V.I.N. 2548.

This condition is generally displayed by a clicking noise
at the solenoid without any starter cranking.  If this
symptom is encountered on vehicles prior to V.I.N. 2547
the following modification procedure should be performed:

1.  With ignition switch off, remove the relay compartment
    access panel behind the passenger's seat.

2.  Partially remove the relay strip containing the
    starter relay.

3.  Disconnect the white/yellow pigtail jumper wire from
    its relay terminal (#86).  Cut and move the jumper
    from its white/red wire connector (Figure 1).

4.  Disconnect the white/red wire (which had the pigtail
    jumper removed in Step 3) from terminal #30/51 and
    connect to terminal #86 (Figure 2).

5.  Using 14 gage brown wire, assemble a 12 inch jumper
    wire with two (2) suitable female receptacles.

    NOTE:  One of the female receptacles must have a
           locking barb for a positive connection.


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                                     Issued 2/10/82

6.  Connect one end of the brown jumper to terminal
    #30/51 of the starter relay (Figure 2).  Connect the
    other terminal with the locking barb to the battery
    side of the 25 AMP from speed circuit breaker.

    NOTE:  This circuit breaker has three (3) brown wire
           with an open terminal on its battery side.

7.  Position and secure the relay panel, replace the
    access cover and charge the battery if necessary.

William A. Charles Director, Service/Parts WAC:ak