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I have to grind the starter to get the vehicle started.
Well, it's your lucky day because old Fords are what I specialize in. I have 3 in my driveway now. It sounds like your condenser and your points may be bad in the distributor. The condenser stores electricity and the...
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Car stalls when driving it
It is possible that the carburetor may have an issue. It is also possible that the ignition system could have an issue. The engine needs fuel, compression, and ignition to run. If the engine runs fine for a while it...
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Electrical problems after engine rebuild
An inspection should be carried out to see if any part of the the wiring loom was crushed, pinched, or cut during the installation of the motor. A starting/charging system test can be performed to ensure proper operation and cranking...
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Ignition key stuck
It sounds like you are going to need to replace the ignition lock cylinder. I would have a technician come out and inspect the lock and see if they can get it to turn off and replace the key lock...
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Wire harness problem
Hello. Depending on which wiring harness it is, the source of the power needs to be checked. A continuity check of the wires also needs to be done to make sure there is no break in the harness. Electrical problems...
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Popping out the exhaust and backfiring out the carb
Adding additional vacuum to the car when it is already backfiring will usually compound the problem due to the lack of fuel supply. Backfiring is most often a result of a lean condition. Adding transmission fluid to the fuel mixture...
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No power new alternator. 1974 Chevrolet Chevelle
Hello. Thanks for writing in about your 1974 Chevrolet Chevelle. If you got a spark from the wire on the back of the alternator, then you shorted something out. You need to follow the wire from the alternator to where...
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Car not idling smoothly
This is typically caused by a carburetor problem. Most of the time it is as simple as an adjustment of the mixture. This is something that must only be done by someone with carburetor experience. If you need to have...
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Car trying to start without key in ignition
Sounds like your starter solenoid may be installed incorrectly. The solenoid has several wires going to it. One to the stater, some coming from the battery, and one form the ignition switch. If the wires are connected on the wrong...
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Looking for the over flow connection so my coolant reverts back to my reservoir
The overflow connection will be under the lip where the radiator cap goes on. Sometimes the connection falls out from broken solder joints. The tank connection may be incorporated in the cap for the tank on some models. In other...
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Doesn't start when warm - 1974 Mercedes Benz 240D
Hello. It sounds like the injectors and the glow plugs need to be replaced. The cold start valve could have a problem as well. This valve could be kicking in when it shouldn’t (when it’s warm) and this may result...
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when the motor is cold it starts right up, when the motor has been running it won't start until the motor cools
Hi! Sometimes when electronic components are failing they can be affected by heat. They may work when cool but not when hot. The electronic control module on your Dodge that controls ignition spark is the suspected culprit here. I suggest...
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Car shorted out
Your car does not have fuses for the main circuits. There are fusible links down by the starter motor. Two or three smaller wires bolt on to the staters positive bolt. The fusible links are within a few inches. You...
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I have a 74 distributor with 3 wires can it go on my 79
Hello, thank you for asking about your 1974 Pontiac Ventura. From what you describe it appears to me that you are attempting to convert a points ignition system to an electronic HEI ignition system. This is a very common conversion...
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The truck has problems shifting
Hello, thanks for writing in about your Ford F-100. Depending on the engine you have and if you have a manual transmission then you may have broken motor and transmission mounts that will cause the clutch linkage and shifter to...
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Turbo Charger install
If the engine was not designed to have the extra compression of a turbo charger then the engine may get damaged by the added pressures on all the engine components. If you are looking to turbo charge this engine then...
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Donor 5 speed from '95 Nissan hard body pickup. Will it bolt up to the L18 engine in Datsun?
This is a tough case. Even if the transmission does bolt up, the difference in electronics might it difficult to retrofit to the older vehicle. The electronics must be different and there were many vacuum assisted components in earlier years...
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Transmission problem - 1974 Mercedes Benz 280
Hey there. Since you only seem to have the problem on a hill, then you may be very low on transmission fluid. When the car is put in reverse, it pumps fluid into a large servo to engage the reverse...
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One brake light is not working
This should be a double filament bulb, which has two filaments inside. One works for the main tail light and the other is activated when the brake light switch is activated. Many times, one or both of these filaments will...
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My car backfires at 50 mph.
Hi there. There is a timing problem with your engine. Check the vacuum advance to see if its advancing when the engine is at a higher rpm. Also check the spark plugs and wires for if they are burned but...

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