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    Hi All

    I have a '01 WS-6 with about 13K miles. I've had a starting problem twice in the past year. The first time it was the Starter relay - yesterday it was the Ignition relay.

    Also, I had an overheating problem this Summer where the fans were not turning on. Replaced all three fan relays and sure enough - no issues since them.

    I've also had to replace my horn relay because the horn wasn't blowing when locking the doors with the key fob. Solved that problem as well with a new relay.

    What gives? Do any of you guys have similar "relay problems". I'm just wondering if this might be a common problem with these cars.

    All the relays I replaced were the original Omron relays which were still in the fuse box from the factory.

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    All relays can go bad from time to time as they are simply an electro-mechanical contact. Not sure why you have had so many issues though. Seems rather odd to have that many relays go bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    All relays can go bad from time to time as they are simply an electro-mechanical contact. Not sure why you have had so many issues though. Seems rather odd to have that many relays go bad.
    Thanks Jeff - it is odd but I'm wondering if everyone is having the same type of problems with thier relays that I am. I'm on two TA related forms and it just seems like an inordinately large amount of people that own Camaro's and Firebirds around my year (2001) have problems related to relays. I can't help but think this Omron company just didn't make the best product and that maybe it's just a common problem with these cars.

    I may be wrong but I think that there was also some sort of service bulletin regarding a starting problem related to relays.

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    I haven't read many threads or posts on here where a failed relay has been the issue. There have been some, but nothing that has stood out as being a common problem. What did you go with for replacements?

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    Excuse me if I missed it, but do you know the history of the car? Sounds like flood gremlins to me.

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    Got the replacememts at Rock auto. I bought the car at a dealership in Illinois. It was a trade in for a new Z06. Clean Car Fax one owner car. I had someone on here - or another site I forget -run the warranty info on the car and it was never in for a warranty repair. Car had 10K on the clock and was absolutely immaculate when I bought it. 100 % totally original.

    The car sees about 2K miles a year if that. Maybe the relays just get hung up from lack of use??

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    First I've ever heard of it.

    Like alot of others here, I've had a few of these cars (4 to be exact) and never once had a relay die on me in any of them. I've especially never heard of someone having to swap 6 relays in the same car. That sounds a bit unusual to me.

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    Lots of people on here do have relay problems. And lots more on another forum I frequent. Maybe it's something you haven't noticed if you have never actually had the problem.

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    There is also a service bulletin related to the relays that I can't find at the moment.

    I guess at this point I've gotten to the point where I'm just going to keep some spares in my glove box.

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    I still don't believe that to be the norm considering all cars on the roads today that use relays and have been for more years than I remember, and I just haven't seen the problem you describe in much of anything. I tend to question the history of all these cars that are having relay issues.

    They are cheap though, and carrying spares is always a smart idea.

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