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Old 01-30-2013, 03:39 PM   #1
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Location: Southwest Montana
1984 GL 4WD Wagon

Default Poor performance while cold

I was finally able to reproduce a problem reported by my wife with our 1984 GL. When the car is cold (left out in roughly 25 degrees for 8 hours) it starts fine, runs OK in 1st and 2nd gears, but won't pull 3rd until the temperature guage shows it has reached normal operating temperature. Once normal operating temperature is reached, car runs normally. I've done an initial check of vacuum lines without any leaks being detected. This car has a Hitachi carb which has a number of termperature dependent parts. Any suggestions on what order to troubleshooting?
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:09 AM   #2
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1979 BRAT
alpine green/black


My 79 brat did this same thing...I bought a weber
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:32 AM   #3
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1989 XT-6


That sounds almost normal, those old hitachi carbs are not usually very cold friendly. First thing to look at is to see when the choke opens. It's meant to enrichen the fuel mixture when cold, but it stays closed too long it can be an issue.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:01 PM   #4
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Mine does something totally different, when its cold it doesnt like to shift out of first gear :P
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:54 PM   #5
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RX 02Foz90XT692SVX


Try changing the gear fluid.
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