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Old 04-14-2003, 09:25 PM
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Red face Starter problem (wont turn off)

I have a 1970 chevelle. I have gone through 3 starters in the last 7 days. no joke! pain in the butt. Evertime the start gets stuck spinning, even when they key is totally out. Why is it still running? is it the igintion switch? bad solenoid? its getting to be a pain in the butt. I have to disconnet the battery to turn it off. My battery cables getting burning hot too. Why?
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Old 04-15-2003, 01:34 AM
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sounds like the ignition switch might be sticking. try this test: bypass the ignition.

starting pulls hundreds of amps from the battery. starting for 3-5 seconds isn't that big a deal. turn it over for ten or more seconds, and all but the biggest battery cables will get hot - so will your starter. they aren't made to go for more than 10 secs, so be careful to let the starter motor cool down before trying it again.
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Old 04-15-2003, 02:36 AM
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does your starter need to be shimmed? The drive gear just might be hanging up.Not releasing.Is it a new bindix and solenoild? Let us know what you find out.
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The starters i got says they have new everything, including the bindix and solenoild. I think i am just going to get a new dealorship quality one. I also installed a heat sheild over it cause a mechanic said that trhe headers heat it up. And when the starter got stuck, it was running for like 1 minute strait and then burt out and smelt really bad, yet it still tries to turn over. Now i need a new starter and a new fuel pump. The cable acually burnt me very bad and they are imprint burn marks on two of my fingers.
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to test slider's theory, why not hook up the starter without a load (not bolted on), then start it up with the key and see if it sticks.

might have another person at the battery, ready to disconnect the cable if it does stick, so cables don't get hot and starter doesn't burn up.
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