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The idle runs too fast 1983 surburban - 1983 Chevrolet Suburban

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    Sheila Beatty Dec 30, 2008

    thank you for your good advice shalaylee

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Check to see if your choke is sticking closed with the engine warmed up remove the air cleaner and look in the top of the carburator if the choke flap is blocking the front two barrels of the carb it is, look for a choke fuse in the fuse box if its good (or you dont have one)on the passenger side of the carb there will be a circular piece with a slot in the center they are usually black.with the key on check for power in the wire that connects to it....if theres power loosen the screws....(if you are lucky it will have 3 screws and not rivets, if rivets you can dril them out and get some screws to replace them) and rotate the assembly until the choke opens (to repair this you will have to replace this round heating element that opens choke).....if the choke appears to be working you can adjust the idle with a screwdriver........look on the driver side of the carb near the base around the throttle linkage there will be a screw you can turn..........clockwise = idle up-counter clockwise = idle down

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  • s60six Dec 30, 2008

    glad to help!

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