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Author Topic:   Hard starting
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 42
posted March 30, 2001 07:32 PM
Just got though rebuilding a 358 chevy engine. It seems to crank fine when it is cold but once it gets warmed up it is very hard to start. What would cause this? Also when I pull the car into gear in cuts off on me. Is this because of the torque converter or some other problem? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks 34

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 168
posted March 31, 2001 09:49 AM
Do you mean the engine turns over slow or is it just hard to fire up? I would think if it was hard to fire up I would recheck my valve adjustment. Check it while the engine is hot.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 239
posted March 31, 2001 11:43 PM UIN: 25419780
I would check the timing and possibly the starter. I had a starter that after it got hot it wouldn't start the car but once it cooled it was fine.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 42
posted April 01, 2001 11:46 AM
Thanks guys I believe its the starter. I may need a heavy duty type starter. Thanks again

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 101
posted April 02, 2001 04:01 AM UIN: 28276986
Alot of people run a ford solenoid somewhere away from any heat source and I will turn the the motor over with the starter switch and then after it's turning I flip the ignition switch. It's alot easier to turn over that way especially with the timing advanced so much.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 94
posted April 02, 2001 06:42 PM
we run heat wrap around starter that stops the hard start prob. as for your engine trying to stall when you put it in gear thats a real prob you need to ask a tranny expert thats not good!

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