Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Re: Carb questions.....
Here are some things to try:
If you have a timing light, connect it up per the instructions and shine it at the flywheel through the hole on the passenger side of the bellhousing. There is a oval rubber plug that the hole hides under. The markings on the edge of the flywheel will help you set the timing better than the one on the timing belt cover. Set the timing to 9 degrees using the tension bolt on the distributor.
Check your spark plug harness. If it looks dirty of corroded, replace it being careful that you rewire it the way it was (assuming that it was right in the first place...) The distributor wiring is (from the highest or nearest to the driver's side distributor connector) 1, 3, 4, 2 in clockwise order
Check the vaccuum hoses on the carb and replace as neccessary (heck, go ahead and replace them ALL!)
Check the throat of the carb for the diagonal hole near the top of the throat. If it is just a hole, you need a tube ($7-10) If it looks like a tube with an angled cut to the top of it, you already have a tube.
You should also check your compression (I believe at least within 20% of each other and above 140 pounds).
Hope this helps.