Hi gang - sorry long time no visit. That's because the wagon has been running BEAUTIFULLY after my opti and related seals overhaul. HOWEVER, at 333,000 miles, I have oil leaks which I am tracking down - here's my question: would hot oil on the starter cause the starter to not want to crank? I've noticed recently that after a long or hard drive, the starter needs "coaxing" to turn the engine over. Once everything's cooled down, it's fine. I've gone over all the electrical connections, but one of my oil leaks is running down onto the starter, so I think when the engine is hot, and hot oil is on the starter, then it's not happy. I have read a very good post on the forum about where that oil might be coming from, and now that the snow is almost gone (I live in eastern Oregon and have no indoor work space) I'm going to investigate. I've been watching my oil leaks for awhile now, and this is the year to address them!
The starter is only a couple of years old, and is one of those gear reduction types. I bought it from O'Reilly's but can't remember if it's a "new" or rebuild. I also tried to follow a link to replacing the intake manifold gasket, but the link was too old (2007 I think), so any newer info (current links) would be greatly appreciated. I've got a 95 Caprice wagon.