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89 Camaro starting problems

If my car is cold, I have no problems with it starting but if I run into town which is approx, 8 miles or so. If I go into a store and come back out it won't start. I can cross jump the starter and get it to start to get home. It seems that after it heats up from running (at a regular temp) it just wont start. Not sure if it is my ignition or what

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This is a common problem with the 88+89 camaro...guess how I know? ;-(
I was having this problem, so I rebuilt my starter (uncle helped since it was my first time) solenoid and rebuild kit...situation unchanged...
So I made a heat shield by bending and modifying one from another car...this seemed to help a little, but the problem continued...
I came to the conclusion that the problem is some internal result of the long term effects of heat absorption...I eventually got tired of popping my hood and crossing my starter everytime I went out...So I installed a starter button in my dash that was wired to the solenoid...when I pust the button, its like crossing the solenoid with a screwdriver...So when it doesn't start after driving for a while...almost every time...I just turn the key to ON and press the button...and tada! car starts... granted this is just a temporary fix and will probably kill the starter eventually, but that wont matter cause the starter is already bad... I have been using this method for a couple of years now but Ive noticed that lately the starter isnt isnt always turning right away anymore...I assume Ive just about killed I have a new one sitting in my car waiting to be installed and this time it will be protected by a heat shield from the very beginning, so hopefull the problem wont return... :-)

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Sounds like you need a Heat shield for your Starter. You will need to get to the Starter and look to see if there is a Thin piece of Sheet metal Mounted around the Starter on the Engine Side. If not, Go to any Auto Parts Store and ask about Heat shields and Give them your Make and Model. This was a Common Problem on Older cars and Customs for Many years. The starter is Absorbing Heat from the Motor and Freezing up. The Heat Shield will help to Stop this Problem.

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