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Old 01-23-2018, 08:43 PM
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What does this relay do?

I've looked through the diagrams, but I'm just not familiar enough (yet) with the electrics of this car to know what to look for. Some previous owner has done some dinking around with the wiring on this car and I'd like to undo all they've done and set it back to the way it's supposed to be. This relay has a wire connected to it that was then connected to another wire that I've yet to find the end termination of. Figuring out what this relay is for would help me know where to look. The car is a 1987 190D Turbo. The relay is located just south of the fusebox and was under a plastic black cover. You can see the yellow/green wire he stuffed into one of the pin holes for the relay in the picture.



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Old 01-23-2018, 08:47 PM
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Manual switch for AC compressor or aux fan? This picture suggest aux fan.



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Old 01-23-2018, 08:52 PM
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Should have mentioned that before, I've found 2 additional switches at the moment, one of which goes to the AC compressor, the other turns on the blower fan for the AC/heat. It's weird though, if I push the defrost button, the blower comes on and can be adjusted normally via the OEM 3-position switch. None of the other climate control buttons appear to do anything.

Don't know if this particular relay/etc. is involved in that somehow or not. I haven't been able to find it in the wiring diagrams.
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Old 01-23-2018, 10:17 PM
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Oh awesome, yeah that definitely looks like it! So, the aux fan is one of the electric fans on the front of the car, correct? Not the AC/heat blower motor?
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Old 01-23-2018, 10:58 PM
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Yes, they're on the very front.
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Old 01-24-2018, 12:15 PM
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This is what that area SHOULD look like. There are two relays...the yellow one controls the power seats, the orange controls the high speed function of the radiator fan (low speed has a separate relay in the fuse box). The blue fuses are for the seats, the red are for the alarm system.

The stock relays at this location are black, but they are NOT the ususal ice cube relays. They are internally fused. They are also a fire hazzard, and should be replaced with the more modern externally fused relays in my photo.

Bypassing the fan relay with an unfused switch appears to be the plan in your photo This is ULTRA DANGEROUS, as the high speed function is fed directly from the battery + post with NO FUSES.
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Old 01-24-2018, 09:52 PM
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I assumed whatever wiring this previous owner had done would probably be horribly unsafe. Looks like my assumption was correct. I plan to tear all the wiring he did out and set things back the way they are supposed to be. Thanks for the help guys.

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