Various Tips Collected from
Around the Club and the Web
Did you ever have trouble
starting a spark plug in its hole when
working on a hot engine? A simple tool to keep your fingers away from
hot metal components is a 6-8 inch piece of rubber hose. Slip it over
the spark plug insulator and it not only works as an exten-sion, but it
provides a good grip to aid in turning the plug.
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HEY, DOWN THERE !
Buried deep in the engine
compartment of most cars built since 1973 is
a canister full of charcoal. It's the heart of a closed system that
prevents carburetor and fuel tank gasoline vapors from entering the
"So what?" You ask. Just that this system can cause problems you won't
be able to solve unless you 're aware of the systems exis-tence. These
conditions include gasoline smell, increased fuel consumption, rough
idling, poor low-speed performance, and a col-lapsed fuel tank. If any
of these problems crops up, check to see that the vacuum hoses attached
to the canister are in good condition and that the canister itself
If the canister has been neglected, a filter in its base may have to be
replaced. If there is no filter, the whole canister may need chang-ing.
Normal life for a non-filter type canister is 50,000 miles. Other
things that can go wrong with this system can usually be uncov-ered
with a pressure test.
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COOLING SYSTEM TECH TIPS
Radiator: Check for coolant
leakage at all seams. Vibration and
pressure changes under normal driving conditions can produce leaks.
Pressure Caps: Make sure the cap seals well, and that it is clean and
free of sludge.
Water Pump: To check the water pump, shut the engine off, grasp the fan
blade, and "rock" the fan assembly to detect any additional movement of
the pump impeller shaft. If the shaft is loose, look for coolant
Hoses and clamps: Look for soft spots or hard and brittle hoses.
Coolant may leak from these hoses. When replacing hoses, use only parts
recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
Thermostat: If your vehicle has a temperature gauge, monitor the
temperature readings while driving for a defective thermostat.
Giving attention to these coolant system components now can save
frustrating and costly trip interruptions, repairs, and engine dam-age.
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SU CARBURETOR REBUILD TRICK
To extend the time between
rebuilds, soak the cork carburetor seals (the cork gland washers) in
SAE 10 motor oil overnight. Then apply gas resistant, plumbers valve
plug grease to them before installation. This will make the seals more
pliable. They will then more easily conform to the spaces they occupy
and will be more resistant to gasoline.
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SOFT TOP AND TONNEAU SNAPS
the snaps surrounding the soft tops and tonneau covers are hard to
engage and disengage. Merely putting a small amount of Vaseline on each
stud on the car will make the snaps work surprisingly more easily.