Vette(s): 1981 Yellow Corvette, 4 spd
295/50-15 Magnum XLs on the rear!
Technical advice requested here.
Yesterday was a pretty hot
day here in North Texas. I drove from work to pick up my son, waited at his school for 20
minutes with the engine and AC running. Once he got out of school, I
dropped him off at his moms house and shut off the car. When I returned,
I turned the key and the starter doesn't engage, click, make any noise
what so ever. The radio comes on, the vent fan blows and the power
windows work fine. I wait 20 minutes, use a set of good jumper cables on
the battery and she fires right off. I drive a few blocks to my house,
and put the battery on a charger. Well the battery shows fully charged.
This has happened several times.
I'm running a stock exhaust. Do y'all think that maybe the starter is
getting hot? The alternator shows it's charging 14V and the battery is a
month old...I replaced the battery the last time this happened since it
was date coded April/2011.
Chances are its the starter solenoid. If this happens after extended use of the car, allowing it to get really hot(not actually overheating the engine but under hood temperatures for extended time such as idling for long time, long road trip etc.... ) but doesn't happen for a short trip, say 5-10 minute drive to the store for a cola and snickers.... then chances are its the solenoid. However, I have had the neutral/safety switch under the console(an automatic transmission) actually go bad on me when it got really hot.... but I would focus on the starter solenoid first.
StingrayJim NCM Lifetime Member #1936
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