Are the starters prone to heat soak on these engines? I know it's right under the exhaust manifold, so it seems it might be?
Here's what happened...
I drove for about 20 minutes on the highway today and I stopped at a drive-through window. I shut the car off for about 2 minutes and it would not restart (as in: turn the key and the starter does nothing). I went through the usual stuff (checked all the electrical connections, tested the battery voltage, etc.). That did nothing, so I pushed it into a space, and got a ride home.
When I came back an hour later with a truck and trailer, for giggles I put the key in to see if it would start and it fired right up. :?
I know on some older domestics that have the starter close to the exhaust, they are prone to heat-soaking the starter and having similar symptoms. You just have to wait for the starter to cool down enough to work.
Is this common with 3TC cars? Am I due for a new starter? Do I need to make a better heat shield? Your thoughts?