i just bought a used car and whenever i start it, sometimes it doesn’t
start the engine never moves it just dies whenever i first got it it
did this maybe 1 out of 3 times now it seems to do it alot more and i
have to constantly keep turning the key. I told a mechanic about the
prob when i first got it and he suggested using injection fluid to
clean it. I did that and it is still doing it and its hard for me to
trust the mechanic cuz he really isn’t that good and i’ve wasted about
300 dollars on him just guessing on things figured i could get u guys
to do that for cheaper :) . Any idea what it could b would b great
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The first step would be to let veryone know: Year, Make of vehicle, Model,
Engine size. Then an easier to understand explanation of the problem
wouldn't hurt either. I sure can't figure out what you just wrote above.
Impossible. Chevy did not use a V-8 until 1955 and it was an OHV engine,
The first commonly implemented V8 for Chevrolet was in 1955, but my memory
tells me I have
seen a picture of a much earlier one, with open rocker arms.
I wont spend a lot of time on the search, but I know there was a Scripps
Booth variant in the first
quarter of the 20th century that was a V8. Chevrolet bought this enterprise
as well as others
in that time period.
Maybe someone else here knows the early history of the V8.
As you say, and AFAIK, the 1955 date is practically correct, although there
might have been
another design lurking far in the past.
That year was 1917 - saw a pix of that engine once in a promo book
from GM on its 50th Anniversary. Very similar in design to the
Cadillac V-8 of the same era.
1955 was the first year of the modern Chevrolet V-8. Small block
engine orginally 265 CID, increased to 283 CID in 1957 and 327 CID in
1962, to 350 CID in 1969 and 400 CID in 1970.
In regular car line, the 283 was offered with Rochester mechanical
fuel injection in 1957 and 1958 - FI continued through 1965 in the
Corvette (discontinued when the 396 "Rat Motor" was introduced about
1/2 way through the 1965 model year). That system was a royal bitch to
work on - a plumber's nightmare. FI returned (though electronic this
time) in 1982.
It sounds like the mechanic isn't any smarter than you are. Take it to a
competent mechanic and let HIM diagnose the problem and fix it. Throwing
parts at any card by asking a mechanic for the problem is stupid.
First off - proper punctuation may not be cool, but it makes your post a lot
easier to read.
You're right in that you got taken by this "mechanic". If his work is like
his advice, he's no mechanic. What you should do is take the car back to
where you purchased it. Any dealer has to stand behind a purchase for some
period of time - in every state. Private individuals have to also. Even if
the car is sold "as is", as long as it's sold to with the expectation that
the car is drivable, private individuals have to stand behind the sale, or
take the car back and return your money. Talk to a lawyer about this.
There's no point in spending any more of your money - money you should not
have spent in the first place, trying to fix a problem that someone else is
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