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My 1985 Honda Accord with a manual transmission and carburetor was sitting for over a year. When I went to start it up, it started fine but won't idle. I can hold it at around 1500 rpm but when I let off the accelerator it chugs at about 500 rpm then stops. I found and replaced a few questionable vacuum hoses but the problem still exists.

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Hi there ftippin! Have you drained and replaced the old fuel in the tank? Gasoline only has about six months time that you can use it be for it goes bad, it kind of turns into kerosene or paint thinner. Some things that need to be done to a car that sits for any extended period of time is,

  1. Drain old fuel replace with new
  2. Clean fuel system by running new gas through
  3. Full tune up (plugs, wires, cap, rotor, oil change)
  4. You also may need to clean and adjust the carburator
  5. Replace fuel filter
  6. Replace air filter
If you do these things your car will fire right up. Usually the main thing keeping it from running properly is the bad fuel. The old stuff wont burn properly and the tank can get corroded causing deposits to clog thge lines.

Good luck!

Posted on Apr 06, 2011


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