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Starter solenoid gets hot 1989 corvette

After car cools starter works fine. does solenoid plunger expand not allowing it to move? i have wraped starter in insulation it helped 99% but once in a while it acts up. grind some material off plunger?????

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If wrapping starter in insulation proved effective then what you need is a panel between the starter and exhaust manifold. This is a piece of tin shaped part way around the starter and allows air flow between the manifold and starter. Like the tin on top of the exhaust under the car. It can be mounted off the manifold bolts or of the starter bolts. If you check with the auto electricians and speed shops there may be an item available off the shelf.

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It sounds like a classic "hot brake", your caliper is probably stuck depressed on the rotor. You will probably need to replace the caliper and both front rotors as the one that is getting hot is probably warped. They are replaced in pairs. Get the rotors/caliper and do it yourself. It really is a simple task with minimal tools/mechanical expertise. Get a Hanyes repair manual and it will be a breeze and save you $1K.

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Since you did not have your starter rebuilt.. you may have gotten hold of post 75 starter.. there are differences.. the pre 75 have heavier windings and the copper tab to the solenoid is in a slightly different location. Also there should be a heat shield on the solenoid. You didn't mention if this happened after the car was hot or cold..

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