I have an 89 Cutlass Supreme with the 3.1L engine. My starter was
replaced with a New one about a year ago. For the past few months, if
I shut my car off after driving around for a while, or running errands
etc., sometimes it will take a few turns of the key to get it to start.
It might take only 2 tries, it might take 10. There's no real rhyme
or reason for it. And when I say it won't start at first I mean it
does NOTHING. No noise, no nothing. Not turning over in the
So people told me it would have to be because my starter is getting
"heat soaked"!? Because if I leave it shut off for more than 20
minutes or so, it's fine. It will never do it if the engine is
completely cooled down or at least somewhat cool. I know it's not that
my engine is getting too hot because I have a temp gauge as well as
manual fan control switches so it never goes above 200 degrees in most
It's just starting to get really annoying. I'm so used to it now that
I can predict when it won't start right away.
To me, "heat soak" is the only logical explanation I can think of, but
if I just replace the starter, won't the same thing happen eventually
with the new solenoid? Should I, or can I, install a starter heat
shield or something?