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No power up hills

I just acquired an 87 GL wagon 1.8L 267k. It can barely accelerate and backfires when I lift off the gas pedal. It's utterly defeated by the slightest of inclines, and literally needs a push to back out of my sunken driveway. Where's my power? HELP!!

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  • scoobydiver Aug 24, 2008

    Engine holds its coolant and temp stays moderate. I haven't done a compression test yet though. I set the mixture screw by trial and error and eventually I got it as good as possible @ 2-3/4 turns out. Does this sound normal? I think it's TBI, but I'm unfamiliar. Looks like a carb with a million hoses. Where's the fuel filter on this thing? It's gotta be the fuel system. Thanks btw!

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This wagon need a good going over start with plugs and wires check the timing and timing belt . check your fuel pressure and you should be ready to go if ya need additional help let me know

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The engine has a compression problem.
Check if the engine is consuming water or coolant liquid.
If coolant liquid level is slowly going down as you drive then you have an head gasket problem, and that is the reason for loosing compression.

If not you will have to check caburetor settings or electronic fueling depending on the engine.

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