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I have a 1988 Ford F150 fuel injected. I can run the truck, however when I shut it down after driving it for while, it does not want to start. If I let it sit for an hour or so after it cools down alittle, it will start. when it turns over when trying to start it it sounds like an engine when the battery is dead, labors. But like I said if it sits for an hour or so it will start right up.

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Sounds to me like the starter is getting overheated. Have you changed the starter lately? Did you reinstall the starter heat shield between the starter and exhaust manifold? Those exhaust manifolds can reach temps of over 800 degrees. I don't smoke, but i lit a cigarette on a hot exhaust manifold before. These starters need to be protected from exhaust heat. Check and see if the starter heat shield is in place, if not, wrap the starter in some heat resistant material, Good luck, Gary

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