03-28-2010, 01:15 PM
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Independence, MO
Originally Posted by Baratacus
check and make sure you didn't bump a vacuum line loose when cleaning the carb.
Remove and inspect the spark plugs.
If there is a significant buildup of tannish-gray material on the gap area, clean them. This stuff builds up when you have leaky valve stems, use inferior quality gasoline or you regularly add a fuel additive to your tank.
My '88 started backfiring mildly because of the ash buildup on the plugs. The buildup interefered with providing a strong spark which caused unburned air-fuel mixture to reach the hot exhaust manifold causing a small back fire.
I replaced the plugs and the difference was immediate! No backfires and the engine ran smooth and strong again!
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