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Does a heat sheild of some type go on the starter. Seems if starter gets to hot the truck will no longer start and will have o wait for cool down before starting the vehicle again?

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Sounds like the starter is going bad.1) You can fabricate a shield yourself out of tin or thin sheet metal. Make sure you do not come in contact with the positive wire going to the starter when installing. 2) you can replace the starter -recommended- then add a shield to prolong the life of your new starter.

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