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Heat and your Starter

This is a discussion on Heat and your Starter within the GTO forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Forever (since I installed the headers on the Goat) the starter will "drag" after she is hot...so after almost 4 ...

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    Heat and your Starter

    Forever (since I installed the headers on the Goat) the starter will "drag" after she is hot...so after almost 4 years I wrapped the starter with the PermaCool starter wrap.....yup....no more "drag" when hot. Easy and cheap to do.

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    that's always been a concern of mine on the f-body because the starter is so close to the headers. I just figured it's a matter of time because heat will definitely kill a starter. So far though it hasn't and it's been 3-4 years. Wrapping it definitely isn't a bad idea though. I originally was going to make a shield to put under there but it's on that long list of things I've never gotten around to.

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    When I was placing the LT's to eyeball for fit/clearance, I noticed how close the starter was. So, I put one layer of header wrap on them. Think that will be enough or should I look into the PermaCool?

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    I wrapped my headers also......but it still got hotter than hell.....I'll take a pic...

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    From what I remember, you have SW headers. Maybe it is just something with them? I have Dynatechs and never once has the starter been a problem. Could be just the routing?

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    Probably...they are real close....but wrapped......the heat shield does work very well though.....cranks the same cold or hot now....

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    Does GM make a heat shield for the LSx series? Maybe the trucks or something that would bolt right up.

    I know our 69 big block Camaro still wouldn't crank in the heat with just a shield, it had to be wrapped also. Really sucks sitting in the parking lot waiting for a cool down...

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    I dunno about GM heat shields....the Perma Cool was like $30 bucks....yeah it sucks when the starter drags/fails because of heat for sure.....wish I would have done this awhile back...

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    A heatshield could be fab'd up right quick. Wouldn't be hard.

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    Agreed as to the Dynatechs. I also have them and have experienced no heat related starter problems. The headers make good power and sound good too.

    But keep in mind, the thread starter, Sarge, is making 600 to the wheels and the headers are wrapped. That alone tells me he has alot of heat to disburse. So, I am uncertain if the excess starter heat experienced is caused by pipe closeness , header brand, or power generated.

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    All the above.....we went with a 8 quart oil sump/oil cooler/trannie cooler and it helped...but you are correct...the motor puts out some serious heat for sure....

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