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Old 09-23-2005, 08:48 PM
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Starter gone bad?

When i go to start my Chevelle sometimes it sounds like its starting normally, then dies out for about half a second, some of the idiot lights flicker on durring that time, then fires right up.
Other times it will fire right up without a hitch at all.

Just the solonoid or the whole starter.

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Old 09-23-2005, 09:19 PM
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Doc here,

Get a free load test on the battery and start system at the local auto parts superstore..confirm they are not on the way out..

It could be loose connections or bad grounds also...

With power removed check the power cable to the starter be sure the bolt at the starter solenoid is tight and clean and that the post dosen't wobble in the housing..

Check the battery end..be sure the connection is Clean of corrosion and tight when you replace the cable Inspect under the insulation for signs of corrosion creeping up the inside of the cable, if you see any, get new ones..

Ground may be an issue also...

Your ground should be set up as such:

The battery ground Cable to any handy bolt at or near the starter on the block, from there, get a battery cable that has 2- 3/8 ring terminals on it ($6 bucks at wally mart or auto parts place) and ground that to the frame..

From the engine block ground at the starter, run 2 #10 wires, the first to the firewall, and the second to the alternator ground lug or mount bolt...

USE proper Star washers, Sheet-metal screws / bolts and locks, and burnish ALL the paint and grease from the grounding areas Make all connections tight!..this will give you a rugged reliable grounding system that will most likely outlast the car...

If the Alternator is powered white Along with the mount, remove both and the hardware, and sand or water blast them back to clean bare metal...then when you reinstall add aluminum wire bonding paste to all hardware and anywhere the mount or alternator touches the block ..

This is electrolysis , the mount is aluminum and he block is steel (what the hell were they thinking?)..that powder is an insulator..

It will ALSO dissolve the water pump impeller like a mild acid..so you might want to think about replacing that while you are in there too..(less stuff to pull down again..)

You didn't say if The starter malfunctioned Cold or hot or both..I am assuming Both..

If hot you may have heat soak Issues..

Check your timing...If good, get a Starter heat shield , General Misery makes these for all sbc starters as well as other aftermarket manufactures..and Heat wrap he right header from the collector to about a foot under the car...This usually solves the heat soak problem

Try these first..not much involved except your time, and may cure the problem, but if not then pull the starter and replace the solenoid and/ or starter..

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Old 09-24-2005, 04:01 AM
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with your dash lights flickering on and off it almost sounds more like an electrical problem somewhere between the switch and coil.
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Hm, the only lights that come on are the ones that are on when the key is in the on position i think.. Dont really know if that makes a difference or not.

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