Heat Soak on my starter with longtubes, Whats a good fix?

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  1. wrgsm

    wrgsm New Member

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    Hey all, Im still fairly new to the forums. Ive got Pypes Long Tube Headers, and they cause enough heat soak to my starter to cause it to overheat and not start after a lot of driving... I have some titanium heat wrap, whats the best way to go about this? Id like to keep it as inexpensive as possible but if I need to buy a hi tq/mini hi tq starter, I will.

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    white95 Apex Junky Admin

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    You’re on the right path with the heat wrap. Anything to shield the heat from the starter is a good idea, in this case. You’ll likely have to remove the header to properly wrap it.
     
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    I would prefer to leave the header in as I will be wrapping just the section closest to the starter, but making sure all pipes are covered. Is there any way to do that? Im fine with it being tricky, Id rather not drop the K member as I will be doing this without a lift.
     
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    white95 Apex Junky Admin

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    Stock K member? It’s going to be a pain in the ass but you’re just gonna have to get in there and do what you can. Not really a best method.
     
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    of course you would rather not but I would not waste too much time cussing trying to get around it.
     
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    There will be lots of cussing.
     
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    Indeed! Dropping the K is a pain! The only thing worse is trying to reach anything without dropping it...
     
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    is it not cranking at all when its hot, or just slowly?
     
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    Donk’t forget to heat wrap the starter also.
     
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    All good advice in here. But how sure are you it's the starter being heat soaked?

    Just throwing this out there but It's stupid common to have a no start/crank problem when hot due to a weak ground.

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    I'm with @BigBore96 on this.. K. I. S. S..... First rule of troubleshooting...
     
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    I have had starting problems on other cars due to headers heat soaking the starter. The heat causes the starter shaft to swell and to bind in the bronze bushings that support both ends. After it cools for a little while(30 minutes or so) it will start again. The only way I was able to cure the problem was with heat shielding.
     
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    I have had starting problems on other cars due to headers heat soaking the starter. The heat causes the starter shaft to swell and to bind in the bronze bushings that support both ends. After it cools for a little while(30 minutes or so) it will start again. The only way I was able to cure the problem was with heat shielding.

    Also not only weak ground, but check the positive connection on the starter itself.
     
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