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Bad relay contact in under hood fuse box

The relays do not snap in their slots in the under the hood fuse box. In fact they wiggle and will in fact bump out and the car doesn't start. Can the contacts be tightened or do I need to add solder on the metal prongs of the relays.

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Bit of an unheard of problem. You might try just bending the relay prongs a tiny bit to make them fit snug. Was there a cover lid that fit tightly, and kept them in place? I suppose solder would be a good fix if you have to go that route, but I've never heard of this problem before.

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