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Old 01-28-2012, 09:20 AM
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starter problems

i have been having problem with my starter on my sbc 350. i am using a Proform Parts 66268 - Proform High-Torque Starters and i am using a 1020 cranking amp battery, 95amp alternator. the battery and alt have been tested and good. with the key on the battery gauge shows around 12 amps, when i start it it drops to 8 and it becomes hard to start and its really bad when the motor gets warm. heat shields do not help.


I am not sure if its the starter. But several people tell me its in the wiring. Of course electrical is my downside, and i dont want to buy a new starter until i know for sure its the starter.

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Old 01-28-2012, 09:32 AM
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i have been having problem with my starter on my sbc 350. i am using a Proform Parts 66268 - Proform High-Torque Starters and i am using a 1020 cranking amp battery, 95amp alternator. the battery and alt have been tested and good. with the key on the battery gauge shows around 12 amps, when i start it it drops to 8 and it becomes hard to start and its really bad when the motor gets warm. heat shields do not help.


I am not sure if its the starter. But several people tell me its in the wiring. Of course electrical is my downside, and i dont want to buy a new starter until i know for sure its the starter.
You need to test across the battery it self with a volt meter and see what you have, you can't alway's go by the gauge in the dash. JMO and you something like 14.2 to really have a solid battery the 12.5 you are seeing is probably the problem, check the battery before you buy another starter and see what it actually has there and let us know. sounds like a low /bad battery to me.IMHO


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Old 01-28-2012, 09:34 AM
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i just got the battery last week and tested again at the auto parts store with there tester and it is showing the battery is in great shape
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i just got the battery last week and tested again at the auto parts store with there tester and it is showing the battery is in great shape
And they are showing the alt putting out enough also ? If so you might need to check all the connections to the battery make sure all is clean and tight noting broken and not make complete contact. and also do the same with the wires to the starter do a run down of the wires to make sure they are not broken / cracked or pinched /touching anywhere. JMO



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i just went to o'reilly's, they said my starter was stuck. which was funney b/c it was just fine when i took it off. so i went down to a old shop my dad told me about that was around in the 60's he and his brothers went to. he ran a hot cable to the starter it turned over but he said it wasnt spinning fast enough so he bypassed the solenoid and it worked perfect. he removed the solenoid and it smelt burnt and he put a new one in and tried it and it worked perfect. he recommend to add header wrap near the starter
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i just went to o'reilly's, they said my starter was stuck. which was funney b/c it was just fine when i took it off. so i went down to a old shop my dad told me about that was around in the 60's he and his brothers went to. he ran a hot cable to the starter it turned over but he said it wasnt spinning fast enough so he bypassed the solenoid and it worked perfect. he removed the solenoid and it smelt burnt and he put a new one in and tried it and it worked perfect. he recommend to add header wrap near the starter
Sounds about right, and you can either wrap it or get a heat shield they don't cost very much either both quick cheap fixes that do work. I'm not a big fan of header wrap but some guy's use it and swear by it.
Glad you got it fixed either way.



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i put the header wrap on it, but i am not sure if the performance gains are what they say but what advertisement is. of course the funny thing is the guys at o reillys that couldnt get the starter to work in there tester. so they told me it was froze up, some 15years experience there lol
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Proform parts are known to be problematic. Try a new starter. I have and have installed for a few others the MSD starters. I wont buy anything else going forward. They are quality and crank real well. They are expensive but they work. I went through 3 of those cheapo starters before I bought the MSD.
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