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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old May 27th, 20, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi Everyone, hoping to find some direction on a starting issue. I have a 69 Chevelle with a 350 small block. The car has a mini starter on it and headers. I am finding that the car turns over great cold but after I drive it and park it in the garage and then try to restart it turns over very hard and slow. If feels as if the battery is dead.

If I put it on the charger within a minute or so it turns over fine again. The battery is only a year old and at rest cold measures 12.7 or 12.8 volts. If I have the charger floating on it then it goes to 13.1 or so but then drops back to 12.7 or 12.8. When I do the alternator check the voltage reads in the high 13's so I am assuming that the alternator it working fine.

In the past I cleaned all the ground terminal connections on the block and frame. I am thinking about installing a remote starter solenoid as a solution. Does that sound like a good idea or do you think there is a different issue. Thanks for the input.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old May 27th, 20, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Starting Issue

I forgot to mention the car has a 4 speed Muncie.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old May 27th, 20, 11:21 AM
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I would and have done one both cars the remote solenoid option. many will say its a bandaid, but if it stops the bleeding then I'm good. I also put head shield over the starter.

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Thanks for the input. I think my first step today will be to have the battery tested and see how that comes out.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old May 27th, 20, 3:10 PM Thread Starter
 
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I just had Oreilly test out the battery. The guy said the battery is good and that I don't need a replacement. I did notice that it is a marine battery, Exide Nautilus 24msx , 650/525 amps. Would the fact that it is marine make a difference? I believe the cables are 4 Gauge. Thanks
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Re: Starting Issue

brushes on the starter could be warned, heat shield and starter kits only protect the solenoid

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old May 28th, 20, 9:57 AM Thread Starter
 
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Yesterday I drove the car a bunch starting and stopping without issues. I am going to do the same today and see what happens. Then figure out a course of action. The starter I have now is a PWM - 9100.
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old May 28th, 20, 10:21 AM
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What is your total timing set to? Check the total timing by looking at the timing light while you raise the engine rpm slowly until the advance stops climbing. You will need a degree'ed balancer or a timing tape on the balancer. Total should be less than 36 degrees for most all engines and you may get by with 28-32 degrees. The lower the timing, the easier it is to crank. The higher the timing, the more responsive it will be; until detonation, poor performance, and hard starts occur.

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old May 28th, 20, 2:31 PM
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I had a similar situation with my Powermaster starter. It turns out moisture got into the starter and caused corrosion. But I called Powermaster and they had the best customer service that I have ever experienced. They spent about 2 weeks troubleshooting with me over the phone to fix the problem and ended up replacing the starter for me. I would think giving them a call would help and they can walk you step by step through troubleshooting.

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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old May 28th, 20, 8:03 PM
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Same problems by the OP on TCamaro. https://www.camaros.net/forums/19-el...69-camaro.html
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Wow what are the odds? The same guy has the same problem on both his Chevelle and his Camaro. Why do people feel they have to be untruthful?
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old May 28th, 20, 10:07 PM
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Maybe canít tell the difference between a chevelle and a camaro?
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