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Old 04-04-2017, 09:01 AM   #1
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Starter heat blanket

I recently purchased one of the mini high torque starters and was wondering if anyone has used one of these starter heat blankets.

The metal heat shields are a pain to install and the reviews I've read on this blanket seem to indicate it should do the job.

Any thoughts or comments?


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Old 04-04-2017, 09:06 AM   #2
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No, but they look like a good solution and preferable to your starter warping and giving up on you when on the road


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Old 04-04-2017, 10:04 AM   #3
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starter blanket

Yeah I saw one yesterday on the counter while at the NAPA auto parts store yesterday.
I didn't pay any attention to the price, but right now they have a promotion if you buy one of those $2.99 plastic buckets, you get 20% off anything that fits in the bucket.
Its a good deal, I had a brake caliper seize up on the rear of my IS-350, and the new caliper fit in the bucket ! LOL.
Saved 20% and didn't even plan it ! It worked out.
So throw that heat deflector blanket and a couple NAPA gold air or oil filter in that bucket and save yourself a few bucks.
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Not sure what problem they are claiming this solves.

The metal shields common on starter act as a radiant shield. Keeping the heat of the started, after prolonged cranking, from the surrounding area. A wrapped shield can also act as a radiant heat shield and a convective heat shield. Not sure you want a convective shield on your starter if you are having hard starting time with long cranking periods. The started needs to cool under that condition rather than fear radiant heat from the engine.

If you real want this you can buy the honeycomb aluminum material and 2 band clamps for far less than $30.00.
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Old 04-04-2017, 02:37 PM   #5
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Doing further "review" reading on this style of heat shield it sounds like not only do they reflect the heat away nicely, they also allow the starter over time to heat soak

I guess that kinda makes sense considering it's a blanket. The insulated metal covers are one sided which allow would likely allow air flow around the starter which I would think help keep it from heat soaking.

I have the heat shield for the original (i.e. big and bulky) starter so I might spend some time to see if I can't adapt it to the smaller starter. It may not be pretty when it's done but hopefully it would do the job!

Thanks for the feedback.

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