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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old May 29th, 10, 04:57 AM Thread Starter
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Intermittant Starter problem

I have a crazy issue with my 68 Camaro small block starter. I has happend 3 times in 5 years and is always at a cruise nite. The thing starts on the first turn normally, and did so after the winter. I took the battery in the house in the fall and put it back in in the spring and pumped the gas and she fired on the first couple of turns.
I drove to a cruise nite and she sat for 3 hours and when I went to leave nothing not even a click. Lots of juice in the battery. We did all the standard things. We boosted it. We rocked it, tapped on the starter, and till nothing. It is an auto so we couldn't push start it. The only thing that seemed to work is turning the engine with the fan. After a couple of turns of the engine she fired on the first kick. It doens't click just nothing. I drove it home and tried it 5 times and it started every time.
I will take it to my local auto electric shop and see what can be done, but I was wondering if anyone has had this issue. I know about the hot start, and it has a heat wrap on it.
I am using a set of new spring ring cables so I have a good connection. The engine was cool to the touch so I don't think it was heat related. I am using an aftermarket chrome alternator and electronic iginition by Pertronix. I noticed on the way home that my amp gauge showed charging way over at 60 all the way home but that was with the lights. It normally is at just below 30.
Any help would be appreciated. I was told to go to a mini starter, and I was wondering about that as well.

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Re: Intermittant Starter problem

Shim the starter out.

With the pinion engaged/jammed, battery is draining through the starter.
Maunally turn the engine to unlock the pinion. Next start action, things are normal.
Battery charges because of low charge on battery from starter being stuck.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old May 29th, 10, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Intermittant Starter problem

So you feel that the starter is too close the flex plate, causing it to bind? It is REALLY intermittent, and has only happened 3 times in 5 years. I can't believe it happened twice, once last year and once this year at the same cruise nite and almost the same parking spot.

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Re: Intermittant Starter problem

I had the exact same problem with my car (350 small block with a 4 speed).When my problem occured, the only way to get it to start would be to push start.It would happen when the engine was cold even after it had been running only an hour or two prior.I would try the old screw driver across the terminals and would not even get a ''click''.I replaced the solenoid and bench tested it and have not had the problem return.A new solenoid is only about 20 bucks and can be installed in about an hour.Also double check the ground on the negative battery cable.I had an experience once with a no start problem that would come and go and it turned out to be a loose connection of the negative cable at the battery.Good luck.
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