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Old 04/28/2007, 12:04 AM   #1
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hot starter problem..

Hi there, i have a problem with starting the engine when hot. I have changed the battery, an there are lots of volts, so that might not be the problem. There is no problem with starting the cool engine.

I run a 302/4v with headers and c4, and I blame the heat from headers to warm up the starter.

I planned on changing the starter with a new one from one of my other Mustangs, but its with manual gears. From diff. catalogs i can see that they must be slightly different, but whats the difference..? can i not run a "manual" starter on an "automatic" engine..?

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Old 04/29/2007, 08:09 AM   #2
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there is a discussion about headers & starter heating initiated by member
case12, in early March of this year. I don't know how to direct you to this, but if you go to the members list, and find "case12" you could find posts by him.
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Old 04/30/2007, 02:12 PM   #3
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I had the same problem (except with a 351W) and have a thread on it on the general forum. I tried other stock starters too.

Bottom line: I went with a "mini" starter from JEGS (easily found on eBay) which gets the starter 3 inches away from the header pipe (stock starter was 1/4" before), and for extra heat protection I added a "heat blanket" around the starter (also found on eBay). No more problems - very happy. Starter is strong and reliable.


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Old 04/30/2007, 03:14 PM   #4
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So what`s the difference between a starter for a manual trans verses an automatic? Is`nt it just a shroud or something that is different?
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Old 05/01/2007, 06:54 PM   #5
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Change Cables

I had this same problem with a few of my cars. My first experience was costly by changing the battery then the starter. It ended up being a simple inexpensive solution. Change the Battery Cables. Let me know if this nails the problem.

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