Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: back in the Hew-Hess-Hay
Re: Heat Soaked Starter Myth
In the early 70's, I was a parts guy at a large service garage. We got to see every kind of problem you can imagine. Starter problems were seen quite often on low mileage large engined cars that were mostly driven on short trips by little old ladies and little old men. Starters, batteries and battery cables were replaced repeatedly with the best that could be found. Problems persisted. Heat soak was blamed, but these cars didn't have headers or modified exhaust. One of our customers that previously had starting problems need his engine rebuilt due to having a wing nut dropped into the carb and passing through the engine that caused valve and piston problems. The engine was severely carboned up. Carbon in the combustion chambers, carbon on the back side of the valves, and worst of all, carbon in the ring grooves and behind the rings that kept the rings dragging on the cylinder walls. After the rebuild, the customer no longer had any starter problems, even the hottest part of summer. After much discussion, one sales rep suggested putting Blaster in the oil of problem child cars to see if the starter problems could be reduced. We put a can of Blaster in the oil at no charge and let the customers drive as they normally did, then changed their oil the next time and put another can of Blaster in along with the normal oil. At least 90% of the cars that previously had starter drag problems no longer had the problem. We were sure that the mechanic in a can had loosened up the carbon behind the rings that had been causing the ring drag problem. So, instead of the repeated changing of everything when we ran into a hot start problem, we put a can of Blaster in the oil, and just changed whatever part of the starting system was suspect.
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