General Inspection

General Inspection – CARBURETTOR

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PURPOSE
The carburettor is a very important multi function component as it mixes air and fuel together and it allows the engine to idle, to rev and to maintain desired speeds and overtake on full throttle.  At the same time its purpose is to mix air and fuel at the correct ratio.  The carburettor is only designed to operate with clean fuel and must be mounted securely in the manifold. 

THINGS TO LOOK FOR
The carburettor is capable of leaking fuel.  ...

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General Inspection – BRAKE WARNING LAMPS

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PURPOSE
A brake warning lamp may be a handbrake light, a master cylinder level indicator or a master cylinder losing excessive fluid which enables the switch to be activated.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR
The most serious light indicator is a brake light staying on because the system is leaking excessive fluid.  The first step is to check the fluid reservoir.  If it’s exactly at the full mark while you have the cap off, push the level indicator down to see if ...

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General Inspection – BRAKE LIGHTS

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PURPOSE
Brake lights are designed to let other drivers know when you’re braking.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR
The problem with brake lights is that it’s hard for the driver to know if they are operating or not.  One way to check this is to reverse close to a wall at night and view the reflection of the brake lights in the rear vision mirror.  Also you can ask a friend to view the rear lights while you depress your brake pedal ...

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General Inspection – BRAKE FLUID

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PURPOSE
Brake fluid is designed to operate under high temperatures therefore it contains additives that make it hydroscopic, this means its properties will become affected if it’s exposed to water.  Brake fluid is not designed to last forever as moisture may affect the boiling point.  For this reason brake fluid must be kept in a dry place and the rubber lid on the master cylinder must be sealed to prevent moisture and dirt from entering into this reservoir.  Brake fluid ...

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General Inspection – Distributor drive stripped

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THE EFFECT
Non start..

THINGS TO LOOK FOR
Remove the distributor cap and have a look at the rotor button when cranking.  If it doesn’t turn, this is either the distributor drive stripped or the cam shaft gear stripped.

COST
Somewhere between $65.00-$300.00.

 

This article is found in the Virtual mechanic CD Rom
You can download it for the price of a latte, but you will learn not to buy a lemon
By Darren Gow-Brown, Melbourne Australia ©2009

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