Proton Car Start Engine Problem? Add Bosch Relay To Starter

Are you of those unfortunate Malaysians who own an old Proton Saga, Wira or Iswara car and often have problem starting the engine?

Proton Car Won’t Start

When you turn the ignition switch, and the engine doesn’t kick into life. But you notice the indicator lights on the dashboard are on.

This means there is nothing wrong with your car battery.

After a few attempts, you manage to get the engine running. Sometimes, there is no problem. You can start the engine at the very first time.

proton car start engine problemAnyway, this is what I did a few years back. I went to a car workshop and  got the mechanic to add a relay to the starter solenoid.

It has been working perfectly all these years. Until a few months ago, I encountered the same old problem again.

Add Relay To Starter Motor

This time around I thought it was the starter or the ignition switch (the place where you insert the car key) that was giving me trouble.

The other day my neighbor, a taxi driver saw me tinkering with my car engine. He walked over and I told him about this irritating sometime-cannot-start-problem.

He told me to replace a new relay first and see how it goes. In addition, he told me that usually is not the starter solenoid problem. According to his experience, the starter is quite durable.

The following day I bought a brand new Bosch relay for  RM 10 from an auto parts shop in Taman Pandan Jaya. I had it replaced right away outside the shop.

proton car Bosch relayYes, sure enough, until now I can start the car engine with the first turn of the ignition key.

In fact, before I had the relay replaced, once I casually asked a mechanic friend about the problem.  And right away he told me it was the starter.  If I had listened to him, I would definitely spend more than RM 10. Phew!

For my case it is the relay issue. As I have mentioned I had the relay fixed in my car many years ago. It has worn out.

For those of you if the relay is not the crux of the problem, then I think it could be the starter solenoid or even the starter switch.