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Unread 12-18-2011, 04:48 PM   #1
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Starter problems

Any advice on how to best shield my starter from header heat on my 350 chevy YJ? Going thru starters about every 12-16 months.Even had a shop shim one because i thought I wasn't getting it right.Looked at some of the wraps that be be bought to be put on starter,wondered how these hold up?Any ideas greatly appreciated,thanks yjmcb

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Unread 12-18-2011, 04:54 PM   #2
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I had a 1986 Chevy Astro van with a 4.3 V6. I used a metallic insulated "cloth" type heat shield which held in place by two stainless steel straps. This worked for me and I never had to change the starter. In the Astro van, the passenger side exhaust manifold IS A TUBE HEADER. It gets super hot in vans but the shield worked. If it didn't, I planned on putting in a metal shield also that went over the starter. As noted, I didn't need it. I can't promise this will work for you, but it did for me. I bought the "kit" from Summit but I don't know what the name was and this was twenty years ago.

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Unread 12-18-2011, 05:36 PM   #3
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Very common prob on chevy V- engines. For years they've made metal heat shields that bolt-on to the starter for about $30, or use header wrap as noted. Summit racing would have all that, and in fact even the GM performance catalog has it.
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Unread 12-18-2011, 06:16 PM   #4
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You might need to wrap your headers, this will reduce the radiated heat significantly. Check on summit racing for their header wrap.
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Unread 12-18-2011, 07:14 PM   #5
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I had been wondering about the durability of some type of starter wrap,this is what I will probably try,thanksyjmcb
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