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Connections are different on the new alternator.
Hi there. The wiring should be the same. If the plug is the same where it hooks into the alternator, then the wiring is the same. Newer alternators have different symbols for the connections. Now, if the connections are completely...
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Car starts fine in the morning then after I stop it won't start back up an backfires real bad
Hi there: On a carburetor powered V-6 it is very likely that your choke or idle adjustment screw on the carb is dirty and simply needs to be cleaned. If you've never done this before on your vehicle, it might...
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Brakes locked up on an 1980 Shay model A
The front and rear of the vehicle should be lifted to see if the front or rear brakes are locking up. The front calipers are the most common cause of the brakes locking up. It is not common for both...
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What kind of coolant should i use for a 1980 dodge mirada?
You can use any conventional antifreeze in a motor like this. Nearly all engines use coolants with similar base fluids: a 50/50 mix of ethylene glycol and water. In some circumstances, industrial engines may utilize other base fluids, such as...
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Engine swap
Hi there. Thanks for writing in today. Ask any professional custom hot rodder and they'll tell you that anything can fit - with fabrication. However, unfortunately, we typically focus on providing OEM repairs and maintenance tips on YourMechanic.com, so this...
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I have a 1980 jeep j 20 and can only find two Zurk fittings one either u joint and was curious if there is anymore else where?
You can rely on your visual inspection as there will be only one fitting per joint, so you found them all at least on the drive shaft. Any component (including suspension components) that you see that does not have a...
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Getting fuel, spark, compression, air still no start
Hello, thank you for writing in. Considering you have taken on a lot of the main components all at once, you should take a moment to go back through the entire project thus far to make sure everything was done...
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I have a 1980 c10 it's starts up with starting fluid or when I am pumping on the gas, but it will randomly have a rough idle and w
I would recommend having all of the vaccum lines checked first since those are a much less expensive repair than carburator issues. If any vaccum lines are old, brittle, cracked, or broken, I would recommend having them replaced. If this...
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My engine and exhaust are pulsing when my car is at idle.
Without knowing the exact setup done with the new carburetors I would suspect there is a carburetor setup issue and may need adjustments to the idle jets sizes since it may be running too lean or too rich at idle....
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1980 Suburban 454 bad timing chain changed it's on high one Distributors .1 a crank gear and cam gear is off their mark
The procedure to align all the marks is set forth in the Factory Service Manual and unfortunately it is not "brief". The most efficient thing to do to get this resolved is to request timing chain verification/replacement and the responding...
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My car shift is stuck in natural and I cant turn it on
Hello, If the car is stuck in neutral, you may have a broken shift linkage or potentially a malfunctioning transmission control module that may be preventing it to be put back into park. This will also explain why it will...
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Air bubbles in my fuel filter
You may be sucking air from the fuel lines before the pump. Check all the clamps all the way to the tank. If you still are sucking air then remove fuel supply tube in the tank and check to see...
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Carb not getting enough fuel I don't see it in the window n I put new fuel pump n lines on and another carb on it but same proble
Hi there. Unfortunately, I think Jay is correct here. Usually when you see air bubbles in the filter, it's due to a pick-up issue or debris in the fuel. If the gas tank is the original one from 1980, it...
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I have a 1980 Chevy Silverado.it is not getting gas to the visible fuel filter before the carb
Hi There, If you just installed a new mechanical fuel pump, your problem may be related to not having enough vacuum to pull the fuel through the lines. Disconnect the line going from the tank to the pump and apply...
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Electrical Short/Power dimming when brakes pressed. Turn signal fuse blowing. 1980 Dodge B200
Hello - you have electrical problems for sure, possibly more than one. A short in the steering column wiring seems likely. This problem can be diagnosed by connecting an ammeter to the positive (red) battery cable, observe the current drain...
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I changed my thermostat and my truck is still overheating.
The next thing to check would be the fan or fan clutch. The hot coolant in the radiator cannot be cooled if there is not enough airflow across the radiator and this would be the result of a weak fan...
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24 or 50 oz imbalance in a ford 302 with a 1980 block and harmonic bal #E1TE-B4aA ?
The balancer number you provided is from model year 1981 and thus is a 50 ounce balancer. The only way to determine the model year of the crankshaft, and thus whether the current 50 ounce balancer is the correct one...
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I rebuilt my carb on my 80 suburban and now when I try to start it it just turns over once and stops
Hi Tyler. Thanks for contacting us tonight. Typically, the reason why this type of starting thing occurs is due to one of three possible issues. First, it's possible that the battery is low on cranking amps. Second, you might have...
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I have a 1980 Buick Regal and would like to change the motor.
When changing the engine out for another, you may have to have the motor mounts replaced or modified to the other engine. Also the exhaust system will need to be retro fitted for the other engine. The ball park figure...
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Truck won’t move
Normally it is a bad clutch that causes the engine to rev but not make the vehicle move on a manual transmission. I would recommend having your vehicle inspected by a qualified professional who is proficient and transmission Diagnostics to...

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