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Sir, Ive range rover P38 with BMW 6 cylinder diesel engine.

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Sir, I've range rover P38 with BMW 6 cylinder diesel engine. When I switch ignition key to start engine, the stater motor keeps on running after engine started. What can be the problem?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: BMW
Expert:  Steve replied 4 years ago.



this would commonly be caused by a bad starter relay / solenoid, or faulty ignition switch.


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Customer: replied 4 years ago.


I've tested the starter solenoid is good and the ignition switch is ok.


Suspect the starter relay.. Can you show me where can I locate the starter relay so that I can check / test it. Pls give some diagram or picture is appreciated.

Tq .. anthony

Expert:  Mike replied 4 years ago.
Hello and Welcome Anthony to justanswer..

My name is MIKE... The person that replied to you before has opted out of this question - so I will help you with this..

Again - the starter relay is the usual cause of this.... it goes faulty and makes contact internally and thus operates the starter motor as you have -

So the relay needs checking - but check too very carefully, the pins where it connects - and for any wire damage to it - to that fuse/ relay box - on that circuit..and also for any water ingress - that can also cause this...

I will give you the layout - showing the location of the stater relay.... Please note that on some variants / countries , the relay is actually in a different slot in the relay box - but check that first as per the image below. It is easy to ID the starter relay anyway - simply pull out one relay at a time, while someone then operates the key / starter - when the starter does not operate you know you have identified the relay for sure. But do also check inside the fuse/ relay box as mentioned above for signs of water ingress - that is a very common cause of this complaint - as well as wire / loom damage on that circuit..

Here is the image for you as promised :

Let me know if you need anything more on this at all -

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Customer: replied 4 years ago. located the starter relay and found no significant damaged or contaminant. I did also interchange it with similar relay but the problem still persist.

Note: Is it possible to use a temporary push-button start switch just to confirm that the ignition key switch is suspect ??.

Please, I still need yr help / expertise to solve this problem.

Cheers.... anthony

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Sorry my friend, I just cannot rate you answer because the problem is still not solved. I still need your help on this matter.