I think my starter is dead

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  1. Swiss Boss

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    Was at the race track today and had a lot of problem starting the car.

    First session in the morning, car started as usual. It was very cold and slippery so couldn’t puch the car very hard.

    Second session, couldn’t start the car. The starter wasn’t even doing the clicking noise like you have a bad battery. Friend come over to try to jump it no luck. Push started car, runs fine. It warmed up so I was able to puch the car more. End of session, stop the car, wait a minute, car started right back up.

    Third session car started fine.

    4 and 5 session the car wouldn’t start. Add to have some people push start me again. Nothing would happen when I turn the key. I can hear some relay cliking but nothing from the starter.

    I had bad battery before and I would get the warning on the dash. None of that happened this time. Car ran great once started.

    I think I have a bad starter. It’s the stock one and it’s been 5 years on the track with longtube (Kooks 1-7/8).

    Anyone has any other ideas what could be bad before I order a new starter?

    PS: The people with 10/10thMotorsport are awesome and always happy to help a racer in distress.
     
  2. Grant 302

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    Sounds like a correct diagnosis to me. Heat kills starters and related components or connections.

    Did you have any additional insulation to protect it?
     
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    It's time.
     
  4. Mad Hatter

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    Yup. That was me a few months ago... the selenoid died. Stole one from a F150 and made it for race day. Now it has its own heat blanket! Starter its self was fine.

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    If I remember correctly, the solenoid was not replaceable or rebuildable separately?

    I do hate how that's a common theme with modern part assemblies. A little plastic piece broke off the parking brake pedal/lever on my Explorer and could only be replaced with the whole assembly. I miss the days when I would/could stop by a pick-a-part and solve these kinds of problems. :rolleyes:
     
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    Definetly replaceable!..... did not look rebuildable though.

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