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engine cuts out when turning left


dtharp113

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An oddity that is occurring more frequently -- when I turn left, the engine starts stalling out. In the beginning, this would happen only when I took a left turn (50-45 degrees) at speed (around 35mph+), but I now notice it happening frequently and at low (neighborhood) speed.

The worse time was when I turned left through an intersection and she died on me. Fortunately, I got off the road but had to let her sit before she would start again (smelled like flooding).

Only happens on left turns, not right, and it must be a turn, not a curve. My car is a 74, 5spd, LSD and carb'ed. Fuel filter has been changed (a year ago).

Anyone have some thoughts or similar experience?

'preciate any insight and/or help.

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happens 1/2 tank ? 1/4 tank?

never happens on full tank ?

is your fuel gauge working?

tank strainer condition ? clogged? bent ?

bottom of tank bent up from bottoming-out ?

carb float issue?

sure it gas ?

not a shorting ignition wire ???

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Doesn't seem that fuel-level makes a difference. Fuel gauge is working -- thought about the tank strainer, not sure how to check that. Do I go into the tank from the top?

Terry Miller mentioned the probability of a shorting wire -- I poked around a bit around the engine and didn't see any possible culprits. Suggest a particular area to look ?

Thanks,

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My guess is the float in the carb is sticking. take it apart, clean everything, maybe some sewing machine oil on the float pivot?

Also check for loose connections (or a wire flapping around and gounding out)

on your coil and points.

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Check the archives. There have been several suggestions about cutting out during turns and braking. Its been addressed before.

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Brilliant. Thanks -- I'll start w/ the wiring (see if I see anything flapping about) and then move on to the float.

'Preciate the comments.

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1. Is the cutout sudden, like turning the ign switch off? If so, I'd suspect ign circuitry--something is shorting out when you turn...look for a worn or bare wire somewhere in the ignition circuit.

2. Is it more like stumbling, coughing, gagging? If so, it's most likely a fuel problem, and has been pointed out, the carb float is a likely suspect. Check archives for float height settings (note there are different settings for brass vs plastic floats) and how-to's. while you have the float out, shake it to make sure there isn't gas inside it, denoting a leak. And if it's brass DON'T try to repair by soldering!

Post whatcha find for the edification of all...

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I had this problem once - it was the condensor touching the firewall because of weak engine mounts and the way the distributor was oriented.

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Thanks Mike:

Given how the car performs, (stuttering, and jerking like it's fuel-starved), guess i'm going to invest in a carb re-build kit and spend some quality time w/ the carb.

Will check the archives for float valve settings.

Thanks,

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