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Old 04-17-2008, 12:16 AM
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Intermittent starting problem

Every time I go to get gas, the car won't start when I try to leave. I only hear one click and then nothing. On long trips no problem. This is on a 65 El Camino. I have had the battery tested, they say it's OK. I replaced the wiring harness about two years ago. The starter was replaced about 1200 miles ago. I'm thinking that the solenoid on the starter would be the next thing to check. I have used up my three triple A calls for this year. Any suggestions would be welcome.

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Old 04-17-2008, 12:33 AM
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Heat soak

Sounds like the solenoid is getting hot. Pretty typical for Chevys.
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Sounds like a temperature sensitive bad connection. I would make sure the main cable on the starter is tight and the ground from the battery to the block is both clean and tight. If it only clicks once and then does nothing I would bet it is a connection issue. After it cools down does it start right up. If you can get to it easily you can see if it the solenoid buy trying to jump the 2 large studs on the solenoid. It should make the starter spin, it wont engage but it should spin. If it does your solenoid is probably bad, if it doesnt you have a connection issue. The most common of which is the battery ground cable to the block.

When it wont start do the lights come on. See if they go out when you have the issue.

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If its heat soak problems with the solenoid, you might try installing one of the remote solenoid kits. Mad Electrical and Summit Racing have them, or you can assemble one yourself. They move the solenoid to the fenderwell where its away from the heat, similar to the setup on most of that vintage of Ford. The remote solenoid is about $20, and the rest of the kit is just a couple of additional battery cables and other wiring.
Summit sells the kit as parts number SUM-G1750.

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Old 04-18-2008, 02:20 PM
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Hey guys. Thanks for the advice. I replaced the solenoid last night after work. Stopped and started it 5 times on the way to work this morning and no problems, started back up with no problem. Just replaced the stock solenoid. All connections were tight so I guess that wasn't it. Anyway, thanks again for the help.
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for future reference here's a excellent 'library" of diagnostic trouble shooting articles for any part of a car..

http://www.aa1car.com/carleyware/library.htm

"if" you have headers on the motor...the way excessive heat destroyed the windings insulation in the solonoid coil.....also will destroy the starter motor windings insulation

headers= starter motor and solonoid heat shield required!!!
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:41 PM
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Thanks Red65Mustang. That site is a great resource. I will add that to my favorites.
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If you have headers, I would install the remote solenoid, saves a lot of headache ...
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