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My 454 is hard to start (carb)

Discussion in 'General Chevy & GM Tech Questions' started by Michael_e, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Michael_e

    Michael_e New Member

    1983 1 ton 454 carb, auto, 2wd, dually. After sitting overnight, you have to pump the pedal a whole lot to get it to start. I'm relative sure the carb could stand a rebuild kit, but i'm also wondering if the fuel pump could be alowing fuel to drain back from the carb? Or is it possible the check valve in the carb is allowing the fuel to leak back? After getting it started and warmed up, you can shut it off for an hour or more and it will start right back up. But if you wait too long, it will be hard to start again. Not a vapor lock type of problem, more like there is no gas in the carb to send down to the cyls to burn. Ideas??
    Mike
  2. hundojoe

    hundojoe Rockstar 100 Posts

    Well id start the the carb rebuild. More then likely the problem is the floats for the fuel level in the bowls are shot. thats why id start with the rebuild, then after the rebuild get the motor running and set the fuel level to the proper height, you want fuel to just start to trickle out the sight hole, then if you still have hard start problems then go after fuel pump. Just the way id go about it. Good luck.
  3. 38racn

    38racn Member

    What carburetor do you have? Is it a quadrajet? Do you have an electric choke? What you're describing sounds like a problem with the choke assembly. When your motor is cold the choke should be partially to fully closed, (depending on ambient temperature). You're having to pump the throttle because the choke is allowing too much air in. Unless you have a lot of practice with quadrajets, their a real pain in the ass. Don't try to save by buying the cheaper rebuild kit. A good quality kit is more expensive but should have step by step instructions. I've never tackled a quadrajet without these instructions.
    Of course another option is a Holley. Much easier (and faster) rebuild.
  4. mv86dually

    mv86dually New Member

    Quadra-jets have always been bad from the factory over time by leaking fuel out where the factory pressed in plugs at the underside of the fuel bowl. Requires a rebuild, drill/pry (depending on carb) out old plugs epoxy in new ones. Unless it's bothering you that much it will stay the same forever. My '79 Quadra-jetted 454 was the same way. I didn't drive it that much so I just lived with it. Has nothing to do with the 454, all q-Jet.

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