VERY HOT relay


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redjetty
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VERY HOT relay

Postby redjetty » Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:09 pm



Question,,, do relays typically get hot to the touch?,,,, on my 87 aspencade I have 5 relays in the main fuse box... 4 are small,, they dont get hot,,, the larger number 5 relay stating main,, gets very hot,,,, is that a sign of failure? thanks,, rj



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Re: VERY HOT relay

Postby Rusty Bike » Mon Jun 13, 2016 5:38 pm

Yep, IR heating. Look it up...

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Re: VERY HOT relay

Postby redjetty » Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:24 pm

help me out,,, i didnt make it past the 9th grade,, took 3 attempts to get out of the 7th,,, so what is IR? thanks rj

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Re: VERY HOT relay

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:47 pm

Infrared. Radiant heat, basically - when you feel heat by putting your hand near something.

To answer your question, no, relays should not get hot. One of two things is happening:

- The contacts between the relay and its socket are dirty or corroded. This causes resistance, which causes heat. Pull the relay, clean the relay socket and the relay contacts.

- The relay itself is failing internally. Replace the relay.




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