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Old 11-03-2011, 06:14 PM   #1
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Starter problem?

Would start my 95 cobra and once in a blue moon it acts like it is struggling to start. When I turn it over it fires right up but it doesn't have that loud fast rev that is normal, It is a slow stumble and then finally goes normal. What I'm asking is, could this be caused by the starter? I had my starter rebuilt while I'm doing all my tranny work, but I got to thinking about it and I'm curious about it.
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Is the battery old? Sounds like a worn starter.but if you just rebuilt it a weak battery could have the same effect.not giving the starter proper amps.
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Battery is new. I have the tranny out so I figured since it was so hard to get to I'd have it rebuilt while out.
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Oh,you have the tranny out now?if yes then it is a good idea.I kick myself in the a** for not doing it.
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It's out and the starter has already been rebuilt. I was just wondering if that could potentially fix my starting problem I stated earlier.
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It's out and the starter has already been rebuilt. I was just wondering if that could potentially fix my starting problem I stated earlier.
good chance it will.
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I had a 70 Mach-1 351 Cleveland that just ate starters. As soon as it got warm it would not start. Finally had a specialty shop rebuild the starter as a hi-torque starter. That fixed the problem. Do you have a heat shield between your headers and starter? Do you have a hi compression engine? One last area to check is an issue with the flywheel. Just some ideas. Spiney-Dave
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Re: Starter problem?

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Would start my 95 cobra and once in a blue moon it acts like it is struggling to start. When I turn it over it fires right up but it doesn't have that loud fast rev that is normal, It is a slow stumble and then finally goes normal. What I'm asking is, could this be caused by the starter? I had my starter rebuilt while I'm doing all my tranny work, but I got to thinking about it and I'm curious about it.
Starter dragging problems can be caused by:

1. A weak battery.
2. Damaged starter windings.
3. Overheating from header heat transfer or bad wiring connections.
4. Bad battery cables.
5. Misaligned or loose starter.
6. High compression engine (12.5 or higher) with a standard duty starter.
7. Timing retarded or advanced to far.

In your case it sounds like you may have a bad spot in the starter motor windings. When ever the starter motor stops in that position where the bad windings are located, the interupption in current flow makes it difficult for the starter to turn the engine over.
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