Question about 1983 Chevrolet Silverado
What you should be looking for is first, air flow. Air filter need to be clean or only a limited amount of air can get into the engine. On the other end, exhaust needs to flow freely. If the converter is plugged up or there is any restriction in a pipe or muffler, nothing will flow correctly.(a bad cat will often make a wheezing sound but not always)
Next, you need fuel. Check your pump pressure. Low idle pressure can translate into inadequate fuel delivery at high speed. If you have a carburetor on there, check the filter in the fuel inlet. you also have a filter inside the tank on the pickup tube. If injected you have a line filter and the same as before, on the pickup tube in the tank. Obviously, a worn out pump can also cause low pressure.
If you have a mass air flow sensor, check that. Also check the throttle position sensor as that, along with the MAP sensor controls ignition timing to some degree. Of course, base timing needs to be set correctly. (Older GM smallblock engines like about 6 to 8 degrees advance BTC)
Only thing that you can't test is the ignition module in the distributor. Most times when they fail, they stop working completely but I have seen a few that have partial failures that cause a variety of strange problems.
Posted on Mar 14, 2011
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