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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Jul 3rd, 00, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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I have an '89 RS camaro with the 2.8 litre V6 and I am having problems with it not starting up after I drive it for a while. If I shut it off it will take sometimes up to an hour for it to start. At first I thought it was my starter so I changed it and it seemed to work but in the last few weeks the problem has reoccured. When I shut the engine down after a while it wont start-nothing. I am now wondering if it could be the SOLENOID on the starter. It sits very close to the exhaust manifold and I am wondering if the heat from the exhaust manifold is causing this problem. After looking at the position of the SOLENOID I am wondering if there should be some kind of heat shield for it. Can anyone help me?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Jul 3rd, 00, 06:40 PM
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I think you are on the right track.You can start by putting on a solenoid heat shield,and try a new AC Delco solenoid.They cost a little more,a differance of $10 maybe,but are usually better quality.This SHOULD solve your problem.
I say should ,because I went through this whole deal on my 67' this year.The car would not start sometimes after driving it.I put on 3 new solenoids( the third a Delco),2 types of heat shields,new Delco starter,ignition switch,horn relay,neutral saftey switch,cleaned every starting/ignition connection I could think of.It still left my wife stranded,final straw.I drove it down to Illinois where a highly recommended "guru" scratched has head over it for 8 days!Thank God he saw it as a challenge so I was only charged for about 1/3 of the actual time he spent on it.The price? Don't ask!I won't be putting to much $$ in it the rest of this season.
I hope you have better luck then me!I say a prayer now before I turn the key,I still don't trust it.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Jul 3rd, 00, 08:08 PM
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Also, check your battery cables. They could have gotten knocked too close to the headers, etc. steve laabs
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Jul 5th, 00, 11:06 AM
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I have the same problem with my 69 Z/28. It's not heat soak though. Sometimes I can drive the car for as little as 10 minutes, shut it off and it won't start. Next it starts every time, all day. Fortunately, mine is a manual trans, so I'm never stuck. What's weird is when it won't start, I can roll it down the street and pop the clutch to start it. At that point, I can turn it off and it will start up like nothing was wrong. Very frustrating. Makes the car look really bad when you have to push it down the road to get it to start.
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