Question about 1984 Plymouth Reliant
Wow, I am impressed that the vehicle is still around. The engine is a German VW design. You will find the VW circle stamp in the casting on the block. My father had an 82 model Reliant K I use to work on.
If you are sure you have the fire order correct, I would look for other reasons why it is overheating. You might have disturbed something near where you were working and need to make sure all is OK and back to the way it was. A wrong fire order will not make the vehicle over heat. It will just make it run bad or not at all.
I would suggest making sure your engine cooling system is OK and that you have the correct amount of radiator fluid. Please be careful checking this. Do not check the level in the radiator directly when hot. Hot fluid can shoot out and burn you. Check the radiator overflow reservoir can and see if it is at the correct level. If not, fill to the correct level. (Use Prestone 50/50 fluid) With the engine cold, remove the radiator cap and see if you have fluid up to the top. A worn or bad radiator cap can cause you to loose fluid over time. They are $5 to $10 at a parts store. Not a bad idea to replace. Install the cap and start it up. Turn the interior heater on as well. Let it idle long enough and see if your dash gauge moves to the normal area you remember seeing it at. If it moves up and down a lot, that would tell me that you have low fluid or need to have your cooling system flushed. (air bubbles moving past the temperator sensor causing large movements) If it is not too cold outside, your radiator electric fan should also cycle as needed. In the winter, this may not happen to often.
I think this may have been a problem that came to light due to your attention to the tune up you did. I don
Posted on Jan 01, 2011
Testimonial: "You say if the firing order is wrong the car will barley run or not run at all,Thats my problem the firing order is correct.But it doesn't want to run"
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