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I put a new fuel pump on and can't get fuel to the pump now
If you put in an aftermarket pump that you had to rewire to put it in then you will need to verify the fuel pump is wires in the correct polarity. The pump may be running backwards.
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Have to accelerate slowly or dies
Hey there. This problem of stalls on acceleration is most likely caused by the carburetor accelerator pump is not pumping fuel into the engine when the throttle is pressed. This explains the vehicle running great at steady speeds and idles...
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Is there a wire in my car that is only on when the car is off?
Hi there. Check the fuse box for any live circuits with a test light and the ignition switch turned to the off position. Then hook up your exterior lighting system to that port with a fusible link and a toggle...
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Pitted surface around exhaust ports on head.
The cylinder head gasket mating surface must be machined flat to ensure a proper seal and the exhaust manifold mounting surface may be machined if there is an exhaust leak there from the cylinder head warping. A few small pits...
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Keeps leaking bad from cover & seal
Depending on the engine you have I would say you may have a leaking intake seal on the back of the engine block where the intake and block meet. If you can see an active oil leak from one of...
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Why is my 1981 Toyota Pickup burning coolant
Hi there. If the engine continues to burn coolant then you may have a warped block or there are a few other places where coolant can enter the engine. I have seen cracks in the timing cover and in the...
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Does an 1981 Chevrolet C10 have have manual shutoff for the passenger airbag?
A 1981 Chevrolet C10 pickup truck did not come equipped with a passenger air bag, that I am familiar with, or can find any information in regards to. You may want to contact the Chevrolet dealer to see if they...
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Charging system battery keeps getting drained
Hello, You may have a failing voltage regulator that could be allowing the alternator to supply too much or too little amperage to the battery resulting in the battery never maintaining a consistent charge as it is designed to. The...
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Car will stall out at random while driving?
Hey there. While it has been some time since I worked on one of these early CCC vehicles, the first place I would look is the carburetor itself. If the vehicle idles fine but stalls or hesitates when hitting...
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how to clear diesel fuel out the motor
Running the vehicle with part diesel can damage the engine so remove as much of the fuel as possible. That means that the fuel tank has to be drained as completely as possible. Obviously, when draining the fuel tank exercise...
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A/C is not working properly - 1981 Chevrolet Caprice
Hi and thanks for contacting YourMechanic. Get a pressure tester and check to see if there is any refrigerant in the system. If there is no refrigerant, then you will need to fill it up and check for leaks by...
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There is a knock under the body.
Hi there. Try putting the transmission in drive and reverse back and forth. If the clunk is heard in both directions and the clunk changes in sound pitch, then there is a universal joint that has the bearings burned up...
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What is the firing order for a 1981 Chevrolet Corvette. If you have a diagram handy that would help me out a lot. Thanks!
The firing order for the Chevy 350 is 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2 as the distributor spins clockwise. As you know, cylinders 2,4,6,8 run along the left side of the motor (assuming you are standing in front of the car facing the engine) and...
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THE CARS DOES NOT ENGAGE IN GEAR , EVEN THO IT DID WHEN IT CAME OFF DELIVERY TRAILER, I HAVER EXAMINED THE LINKAGE
Hi Hugo. It sounds like something may have come loose; shift cable, connector, linkage, etc.. Are there any warning lights illuminated? Are there any noises that don't sound normal present? All in all it sounds like a connection may have...
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I have a 1981 e-350 with dual fuel tanks the p.o. added a third tank and 3 electric fuel pumps along with sepparate gauges and swi
The switch you are referring to is vended with the required electrical and fuel schematic (I just looked in the box) that answers your installation question. If you want an advance view, here is a link as well. Yes, you...
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I need help about engine swapping 1981 Chevrolet Camaro
Hi - answering the question of "How much engine do I really want from an engine swap?" turns into a "religious" discussion quickly. If a little is good, a lot is better... The more practical questions are "How will the...
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Stranded, no electronics, bad monovalve = consant heat = melted wire = short somewhere, diesel running al night, should I pull bat
Hi There. Thanks for contacting us tonight. It appears you've got a pretty aggressive parasitic drain happening. If you're looking for the quick solution - then yes - disconnecting the battery is the best option. However, it won't resolve the...
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check engine light when headlights on.
The best thing to do is read the code that is being output by the ECM and that is causing the check engine light to come on. In 1981, of course, the number of codes output was very limited but...
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I have a 1981 ford f250 it stalles when I let off the gas and it has a new fuel pump and filter
If the EGR valve is stuck open with carbon deposits it may stall the engine at idle. You will have to remove it to check to see if it is being held open. If not held open then check for...
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i have new battery new battery clamps and cables, new strter cilanoid and no power
Hello, thank you for writing in. If you are not able to get the starter to turn over or make any noise what so ever, then you need to start by checking the power supply to the starter solenoid. If...

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