Excessive heat will shorten an engine’s starter lifespan significant, and can cause intermittent failures during heat soak. Recognizing this problem, Heatshield Products developed theLava™ Starter Heat Shieldto provide protection to from excessive heat.
Anyone with a big-block V8 and headers back in the day learned really quick to hate the sound of a heat cooked started just going click, leaving them stuck or crawling under the car with a hammer to hit the starter a few times. The shift toward gear-reduction starters helped reduce the frequency of heat-related starter failures, but it can still occur. Packed engine compartments that limit air flow, and header tubes pretty much surrounding the starter is a recipe for heat to damage the starter.
Lava Starter Heat Shield is