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52 318 V8 troubleshooting




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This article is from the Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge FAQ, by Dr. David Zatz with numerous contributions by others.

52 318 V8 troubleshooting

Bruce Martin wrote:
One very common fault with the otherwise wonderful 318 is that the
exhaust crossover in the intake manifold (which warms the base
of the carb) becomes clogged. This is common so it should be
among the first things you check. (This problem was addressed on the
Magnum engines)

CURT PINCK wrote:
It is interesting the wide variety of timing specs given for the 318, all the
way from 2 degrees ATDC to 16 degrees ATDC, depending on the type of engine
and
vehicle...Most books recommend not to try to time by ear, even if you have
experience doing this.

Ted Devey adds two more steps:
1. examine the reluctor teeth in the distributor for possible damage,
nicks etc. which can happen if the gap gets too small. If there is damage
to the
teeth, replace the reluctor.

2. Several years ago I dismantled the Carter 2-barrel carburettor and
reassembled it with the jet assembly upside down. There is no obvious wrong
way.


 

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