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Old 2006-03-22, 20:57   #1
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car turns off when i put it into gear

car is an automatic column shift. this is what happens. The car is on park and i turn it on. When I change into drive or reverse, the car turns off. I bought the car with almost no gas at all and i havent filled the tank yet, so maybe its just that it doesnt have any gas. I wont get to see the car until the weekend and then I will fill the gas tank. Anyhow lets say when I fill the gas tank all the way it still turns off when i change the gear. I remember the previous owner saying that something might be wrong the carburetors timing or something like that. what do yall think the problem is and how could I fix it? any possibility it could actually be that the car has almost no gas?
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Old 2006-03-22, 21:05   #2
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sounds like it needs a tune up. best guess without being there. are you letting it warm up before you put it in gear?
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Old 2006-03-22, 21:23   #3
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maybe it's idling too low. that would be my best guess. it sounds like it's idling high enouph to start but once you put it in gear the idle drops too low to keep it running.
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Old 2006-03-22, 21:53   #4
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how do i change the idle speed??
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Old 2006-03-22, 22:16   #5
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Only change the idle if it's not within the normal range. I would say 550 to 700 rpms should be ok. There are several reasons why the idle might be out of spec. if it is. I would check things like timing, vacuum leaks, cap and rotor, wires, coil. Rarely is it a simple adjusting of a screw.
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Old 2006-03-22, 22:21   #6
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check for vacuum leaks and that the choke is opening.
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Old 2006-03-23, 06:14   #7
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i wouldnt fill it. put 5 or 6 gal in it. just incase it turns out to be a clogged tank pick up. its a pain having to take out a full tank. or pump it dry first.
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Old 2006-03-23, 08:18   #8
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you say "turns off"...does this mean...it dies... are the dash lights on when "it turns off"?...frank...
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i would suspect a vaccuum leak. also check the fuel lines and filter. could be clogged and not getting enough gas. does it run okay if you rev the engine up? make sur the line is not kinked. like was said don't fill it up. just put about 5 gallons in it until you get it figured out.
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Old 2006-03-23, 13:10   #10
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My car was column shift as well, and when id put it into gear it would idle down and shut off, like everyone else said check for vacuum leaks and choke.
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