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My nephew bought a 1989 chevy camero in Oregon this summer and drove it back to Indiana about a month ago. He says that it has never shifted gears very smoothly, but he assumed it was because the engine was replaced with a rebuilt 360 block and the the transmission was still the old RS stock. Yesterday he drove it to work, but when he left to go home it wouldn't accelerate over 20mph. I already had him smell the cabin of the car while it was running to see if it may be going into vapor-lock from a clogged catalytic converter and he's pretty sure that there is no catalytic converter on it, just straight pipe.

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HI VANESSA,THIS TO ME SOUNDS LIKE A PARTIALLY PLUGGED EXHAUST SYSTEM OR THE TIMING JUMPED OR PLUGGED FUEL FILTER...HE WILL NEED TO JACK THIS CAR UP AND MAKE SURE THERE IS NO CONVERTOR IN THE EXH..IF THERE IS THERE IS A VACUUM TEST TO CK FOR PLUGGED EXH..HOOK THE VACUUM GAUGE UP AND CK THE READING SHOULD BE AROUND 18 TO 20 INCHES OF VACUUM AT IDLE, THEN RAISE THE IDLE UP TO 1500 RPM'S AND THE VACUUM SHOULD DROP BUT COME BACK UP TO AROUND THE SAME AT IDLE..IF LOWER THEN THAT THEN THE EXH IS PLUGGED. [SOMETIMES] THEY THE CAT WILL NOT SMELL. THE OTHER WAY TO CK IS TO REMOVE A OXYGEN SENSOR FROM THE FRONT EXH PIPE BEFORE THE CAT AND DRIVE IT LIKE THIS [IT WILL BE LOUD] BUT IF IT RUNS BETTER WITH MORE PEP,THE EXH AGAIN IS PLUGGED...IF THERE IS NO CHANGE WITH THE ABOVE TESTS GET THE ENG UP TO TDC  AND REMOVE THE DIST CAP AND CK TO SEE IF THE ROTOR IS POINTING AT NUMBER ONE ON THE DIST-CAP..NUMBER ONE CYLINDER IS THE FRONT ON THE DRIVERS SIDE FOR A V8 CHEVY ENG,IF WAY OFF TURN THE ENG ONE TURN TILL THE ROTOR IS AROUND THE NUMBER ONE ON THE CAP. THIS WILL BE TDC COMPRESSION STROKE..THIS SHOULD BE VERY CLOSE IF NOT THE CHAIN MAY HAVE JUMPED. IF YOU DO GET BACK TO ME LET ME KNOW HOW THE ENG RUNS AT IDLE AND OFF IDLE,IF IT RUNS SMOOTH THIS SOUNDS LIKE WHAT I MENTIONED ABOVE..IF NOT MAY HAVE IGN PROBLEMS. LET ME KNOW HOW THE ABOVE WORKS OUT FOR YOU AND GET BACK TO ME..GOOD LUCK TO YOU,,,TOM...

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PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS BEFORE ASKING ANY QUESTIONS. IF THIS CHEVY SECTION IS MAXED OUT.YOU CAN REACH ME IN THE OLDS/BUICK SECTION. Will answer questions from 6:00am to 10:00pm all days [EST][[[ NO DIESEL OR PAINT QUESTIONS]]] will answer all 1965 to present QUESTIONS ON ALL GM'S on mechanics of these cars. Keep in mind i am not there in person i am going on what you are telling me !! PLEASE IF ASKING A QUESTION GIVE ME AS MUCH INFO AS POSSIBLE. THE MORE THE BETTER. SUCH AS YEAR,MAKE,MODEL,ENGINE SIZE. THIS WILL HELP ME HELP YOU. I will not be able to answer all questions because of some situations that i would really need to be there and see things for myself,such as electrical issues. In many cases i would need wiring diagrams. I can also give you an estimate on what the cost would be at our repair shop as an idea to help you. Keep in mind that my answer is ONLY MY ADVICE,ck with your mechanic as well.. >> THANK YOU, TOM..

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I have been a ASE certified master mechanic for over 30 years and certified IN ALL 8 CATEGORIES,[engine repair,engine performance,auto trans,manual trans,clutches,steering and suspension,brakes,electrical systems,heating and air/cond. I am also a state CERTIFIED inspector for over 30 years. I do computer work [pcm]fault codes,pcm flashing,state inspection monitor readiness,repairs on exhaust,fuel service,[injection and carburetor,] charging system problems, running issues,alignments,frame problems,tire balance,struts and of course standard and anti-lock brakes.

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high school,4 years of tech school,and many many hours of auto training with many gm classes and aftermarket training classes..

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