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My son has a 1983 Chevrolet Scottsdale. Most of the time it runs excellent. We had a new 305 motor put in 3 months ago, it has a brand new transmission, and we replaced the ignition. Now we are having trouble with the carburetor. Yesterday, we could not keep it running. It sounds and smells like its flooded. Nothing we do will work. Should we replace the carburetor also, or is there something we can do ourselves to fix this?  We have more money invested in this truck than i think it's worth. Thank you in advance for your help.

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HI CARLETTA,IF YOU FEEL THE CARBURETOR IS THE PROBLEM I WOULD REMOVE THIS AND HAVE IT REBUILT.
THE KIT TO REBUILD IS ONLY ABOUT $40.00 PLUS LABOR..FIND A REPAIR SHOP IN YOUR AREA THAT IS WILLIING TO REBUILD THIS..THIS IS PROBABLY 4BRL QUADRAJET CARB. I DO THESE ALL THE TIME..NO PROBLEM AT ALL..BUT BEFORE YOU REMOVE THIS, GET YOURSELF A FLASH LIGHT AND WHILE THE ENG IS RUNNING SHINE THE FLASHLIGHT DOWN THE FRONT 2 BARRELS AND SEE IF YOU SEE FUEL DRIPPING IN. IF SO, THIS IS THE PROBLEM. [YOU SHOULD NOT SEE ANY FUEL DRIPPING DOWN THE FRONT SIDE OF CARB] IT IS RUNNING TO RICH CAUSED BY EITHER BY A BAD FLOAT OR FLOAT NOT SET TO CORRECT SPECS AND LAST A BAD NEEDLE AND SEAT..IF THE FLOAT IS BAD THIS WILL NOT COME IN THE REBUILD KIT YOU WILL NEED TO BUY THIS SEPARATE FOR ABOUT $15.00..AS A RULE THE FLOAT USUALLY ARE OK..TO GET THE CARB KIT YOU WILL NEED THE NUMBER OF THE BACK SIDE OF THE CARBURETOR ON DRIVER SIDE..ONE LAST THING YOU COULD TRY TO DO IF THE NEEDLE AND SEAT IS JUST STICKING REMOVE THE FUEL LINE FROM THE CARB, HOLD YOU FINGER OVER THE LINE AND START THE ENG AND LET IT RUN TILL IT DIES FROM NO FUEL. NOW HOOK THE LINE BACK UP TO THE CARB AND START THE ENG BACK UP. IF THERE IS ANY DIRT ON THE NEEDLE AND SEAT THE RUSH OF FUEL WILL REMOVE THE DIRT FROM THE VALVE. TRY THIS FIRST, SOMETIMES IT DOES WORK..LET ME KNOW HOW THIS WORKS OUT AND IF YOU NEED MORE INFO 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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