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Old 04-27-2012, 05:08 PM
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First off id like to say im new to this website but feel lucky to have found it! I own a 1981 El Camino; it has a 383 stroker that was put in around 1996 along with a new transmission and exhaust, etc. I recently was having trouble with the starter and had to put a new one in. Since putting the new one in every once in a while, after turning the motor off and pulling the key out the motor will almost shut off and then rev back up before puttering out and turning off. Then the next time I go to turn it on its a @&#&% to get started back up but then it runs fine. I was wondering if this is a big problem or if it will turn into a big issue at all? Im also new to working on older cars. Thank you!

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Old 04-27-2012, 08:03 PM
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Welcome! It sounds like your timing is off. I would get a timing light on it. It will run much better when correct also.
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First off id like to say im new to this website but feel lucky to have found it! I own a 1981 El Camino; it has a 383 stroker that was put in around 1996 along with a new transmission and exhaust, etc. I recently was having trouble with the starter and had to put a new one in. Since putting the new one in every once in a while, after turning the motor off and pulling the key out the motor will almost shut off and then rev back up before puttering out and turning off. Then the next time I go to turn it on its a @&#&% to get started back up but then it runs fine. I was wondering if this is a big problem or if it will turn into a big issue at all? Im also new to working on older cars. Thank you!
Agree with the timing being off. When you turn the key off, the motor will almost die but keeps running on. After a few seconds it will rev up and then die. Common problem with incorrect timing and will also cause hard starts.
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