[xj] 86 V12 relay wiring help - update

Or ‘‘Even a blind hog finds an acorn now and then.’’

After learning about the ECU protection function of the
diode in my DD6’s main relay, I decided to replace it with
an equivalent.

First stop, with the old Bosch 0332014112 in hand, was
O’Reillys where the computer said there was a Ford part they
didn’t have in stock but could order at something like $246.

Next stop was Advance Auto where the young lady looked
through many computer screens and was saying there ‘‘might be
one’’ she could order, when an older gentlemen came along and
looked over her shoulder, picked up the Bosh relay, looked
it over, and said, ‘‘Let me do some checking and I’ll call
you.’’ A day later Bill did call and said, ‘‘I found what you
need, they’re about $15 bucks, and I ordered two. You did
want two didn’t you?’’ I said I just needed one, but at $15
bucks I’d take the other for a spare.

Bill called again several days later to say the relays
were in, and yesterday I went to the Rogers Arkansas Advance
Auto store to pick them up. I took the old Bosch relay
along to make sure the spades would match and that there was
indeed a diode in series with the coil.

Imagine my surprise when the Mexican guy at the counter
brought out two little yellow boxes with red Bosch lettering
and the 0332014112 part number on the sticker.

Now imagine my amazement when inside each box was a brand
new exact copy of the relay in my hand, except these both
had the red slash diagonally across the top. (well, actually
kind of orange and a little transparent like you’d make with
a magic marker, but I bet they look just like the original
did when it was new in 1986.)

The counter guy was getting a price of $25 when he scanned
the box and had to call Bill because he didn’t know how to
enter the sale, and Bill had to fill out a half dozen
screens of info including a fictitious jaguar model because
of course the computer had no idea what a Daimler was, but
in the end I came away with two original Bosch DD6 main
relays in cute little boxes for the total princely sum of
$31.26 plus tax.

I asked Bill if he had been there a long time and he said,
‘‘since the store opened’’, but he’d worked on and off in the
auto parts business since 1957. You can bet I’ll be going
back to Bill for any other Jaguar parts I need, and I’ll
bypass the Mexicans at the counter and ask for Bill himself.
It is so refreshing to find there are still folks who know
their business and still care about something besides
ignoring customers with a cell phone glued to their ear.

In fact, I think I’ll get out tomorrow morning while it is
still cool and pick another peck of wild blackberries from
my secret patch and take a big baggie to Bill as a thank you.–
Phil W - 87XJ6, 86DD6, 85Sov, 74E, 67DQ450, 67DR450, 67Mk2
Arkansas, United States
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I’ve found that simply Googling a Bosch number usually reveals tons of info,
including where-to-buy.

A good, dedicated parts counterperson is worth their weight in gold.
Enthusiasm for solving a mystery, natural curiosity of how “things” work,
and a genuine desire to be helpful are key attributes. Today’s electronic
parts catalogs where the person simply drills down to a specific part for a
specific application tends to squash some of this, as there’s a tendency to
develop a “if it ain’t on my screen, it can’t be done” mentality. Still,
though, parts heroes still do exist…

A few months ago I needed some brake parts for a 50 year old
Jeep…particularly unusual in that it was 2 wheel drive variant. Long
story short, several parts stores blew me off. I was nearly positive,
though, that there really wasn’t anything terribly strange about the parts I
had in my hand and with enough effort I could get what I needed.

Eventually I found a parts counterperson who felt the same way. He spent a
solid 40 minutes searching and cross referencing and came up with exact
replacements that were actually cataloged for another, more common
application…which was pretty much what I anticipated would be the case.
By this time two other counterman were looking over his shoulder and when he
hit pay dirt there was a mild celebration :-).

I don’t know his actual ancestry but his name was Sergio and he was clearly
of Latin descent. I later called his manager to report on his good work.

Cheers,
Doug Dwyer
Longview Washington USA
1995 XJRFrom: “Phil in Ar” philwarner@centurytel.net

I asked Bill if he had been there a long time and he said,
‘‘since the store opened’’, but he’d worked on and off in the
auto parts business since 1957. You can bet I’ll be going
back to Bill for any other Jaguar parts I need, and I’ll
bypass the Mexicans at the counter and ask for Bill himself.

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In reply to a message from Doug Dwyer sent Fri 23 Jul 2010:

Forturnately I am blessed by one of those very good auto parts
store closeby, called Ed’s Auto Parts. Ed, the owner works there
each day as well.

They have 3-4 parts guys with many years of parts experience and if
one does not know the answer, one of the other will chime in.

None of this, Make, model year’’ stuff. Plus, if the part is
available at all, if will be there in the store that afternoon with
just a phone call.

Plus their pricing is competitive with the chain stores. If you
think it high, they will negotiate from their cost.–
The original message included these comments:

A good, dedicated parts counterperson is worth their weight in gold.
and a genuine desire to be helpful are key attributes. Today’s electronic


'71 XJ6 383/200R, '72 XJ6 LT1/700R,'74 XJ6 383/700R
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