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Old 03-29-2003, 12:23 PM
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Post Warm start problem SBC/Firebird

I've went over the knowledge base and some other resources, but I'm not sure on this one.

On the surface, its the usual "dead starter" routine after the engine warms up and I turn it off. WHen the engine is cold, it starts with no problems. I read about the heat shield and about the Ford solinoid solution, but I think the problem is something else.

This is because I can start the car with the ignition on, and jump the starter to the bat ("hot wire"). No hesitation or "moaning," just a regular start.

I checked Chilton, and I only have a starter switch and neutral safety switch before the solinoid (no starter relay). The only other thing that may complicate matters is that I had a Viper car alarm installed.

I'm puzzled at this, but my first choice is to re-check the alarm wire-in. Then go to the neutral safety switch. Has anyone had this problem and have any fixes?

Thx...K

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May be the alarm causing the problem, dropping the voltage to the solenoid. I have cut a lot of add on alarm systems out of cars causing all kinds of strange problem's.

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are you running headders on your car. if you are you'll have to install a heat sheild or put headder wrapp on your headders, if not, try disabling the alarm system, if that don't work , remove your starter wires and ground wires and clean them . if they are a light guage batt cables try installing a heavyer guage cable. or take it to a garage and get them to do a ampere test on your batt, starter draw and batt cables,the starter should draw a little over 300 amps during cranking hot or cold.
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Sounds like a good start. I'll check the connections, then disconnect the alarm. No headers..yet. But for now, I guess I don't have to worry. Its about 30 degrees and beginning to snow, which means it will take a lot less time to cool down after I shut it off. BUCKEYE WEATHER SUCKS *****!!!
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Same thing happened to my car right after I bought it, Pull the starter and get it tested. Thats the only way to know if it is the starter.
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