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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 21st, 01, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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I replaced my old starter solenoid with a new niehoff from kragen because the terminals on the old one were stripped. Now sometimes when i let the car idle and i turn it off the car doesn't restart until it cools off. It has a heat shield, never had a problem until i used kragen solenoid. Went to local shop to see what they said, they sold me a Accel ford (eewww!)firewall remote solenoid to use inline with the stock one. Is this going to help at all, it still uses the stock solenoid on the starter, so if thats hot, will the remote one really do anything?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 21st, 01, 04:20 PM
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Cody, I had the same problem on my car. I tried a heat shield too, but it didn't solve the problem. I put a remote solenoid on, and since that time (close to 3 years) it has never failed to start. I'm not exactly sure why it works, but it does.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 21st, 01, 05:33 PM
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If you go to this site, Mark gives a very good explanation of why this happens and why the FORD solenoid works.

He was one of the first to offer a complete kit to cure this dreaded chevy hot start problem.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 21st, 01, 06:52 PM
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There is a difference in solenoids, also the strength of the solenoid plunger return spring.GM issued a softer return spring to ease hot start problems. I use the blue streak #SS200 starter solenoid.
If the brushes in the starter are wearing out the starter can draw extra amps and cause problems. This usually makes the starter move rough and jerky before it quits entirely.

Make sure all cables and switches are good, especially the neutral safety switch if your car has one. They wear out due to the sliding each time the car is put into gear. Throw in some dust (like on our farm) and it wears out even quicker.
The add on solenoid deal works if you don't have a switch going bad or other starter problems.

So far, with every one of the hot start problems I've had, I have solved it by changing parts on the starter or correcting other problems on the car.
This is on a fleet of over 20 vehicles.

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