1987 Chevy Corvette V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 125000 miles
I have a 87 C4 Corvette I got in a trade deal a few years ago, and it has been sitting in my garage ever since (I took it on trade because my son-in-law wanted, by my daughter got pregnant, need I say more). Anyway, a couple months ago I started tinkering with it, and to date I have drained the fuel tank, replaced the fuel pump, installed a new fuel filter, replaced all the O-rings on the injector rails, put in an ignition module, replaced the plugs, wires, cap, rotor, and battery, and while I was flushing the cooling system, I noticed that when it got hot, it wouldn’ t start (which I understand is a common problem Vette’ s, due to the starter getting hot), but if I would let sit for 10 or 15 minutes, it would start again.
Then, the intervals between the starting problem occurring, lessened, to the point where it just wouldn’ t start, and since starters are a common problem with Vette’ s (or so I am told), I purchased a starter, and when I started to install it, I noticed that the starter in the care didn’ t appear to be that old, in fact, it looked in relatively good condition (like it had been replaced not too long ago).
Anyway, I replaced the starter, and before reassembling everything, I tired to start the car, and nothing, so I took the wires off the starter, and cleaned the ends with sandpaper (to make sure good contact was being made), and when I reconnected the wires, it started right up, and I started it several more times, and it started every time, so I put everything back together, and when I attempted to start it again, nothing, it wouldn’ t even turn over, it was as if the battery were dead (but it wasn’ t, I checked, and it was 95% charged).
So know I’ m back to square one, and since I really can’ t find an external (to the starter) relay, or a fusible link, or anything else in the starter circuit that might be the problem, I’ m at a lose?
One final comment, I just went out in the garage and the damn thing just started right up, and I stared it a half a dozen times, and it started every time, so now I am going to go out and try to start it one more time before I send this message, and see what happens?
Yup, it started again, but since I have no confidence that it will keep starting, does anyone have any suggestion(s) regarding what I might check next?
Friday, February 27th, 2009 AT 12:21 AM