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    Well, I bit the bullet and bought the new...

    Well, I bit the bullet and bought the new alternator NAPA had ordered. (50 bucks - not bad) Installed it last night and solved all my problems. I get 14.5V at the battery and the light doesn't...
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    Ok, I cleaned every connection that I thought...

    Ok, I cleaned every connection that I thought might be involved and then checked my voltage at the battery with the car off. It read 12V. I then started the car and checked at the battery and got...
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    Thanks for the response. I will go home today and...

    Thanks for the response. I will go home today and start checking things with my meter. I will let you know what I find.
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    OK, It's been two years since I first posted the...

    OK, It's been two years since I first posted the alternator light question. The other day, my battery died and so did car. I charged the battery on my "smart" charger and tested the alternator. It...
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    I bought a re-built rack and pinion for my 81...

    I bought a re-built rack and pinion for my 81 turbo for about $290. or $300. The way you can tell that it needs to be replaced is that it leaks into the boot. If you let it go longer the steering...
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    Still having this problem. Looked on some other...

    Still having this problem. Looked on some other sites and 2 different guys said their AAC was bad. They said they replaced the AAC and that cured the stumbling problem. Looked thru the FSM and could...
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    I think you are right. I will start at the...

    I think you are right. I will start at the beginning (always a good place to start) and go thru all of the checks in the service manual. Something has to be out of whack.
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    OK, so I posted my first plea for help about 2...

    OK, so I posted my first plea for help about 2 1/2 weeks ago. Now I realize that I am not an expert, but I see a lot of "non-experts" posting here and getting responses. With the exhaust gas sensor...
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    OK, so I unplugged the exhaust gas sensor and...

    OK, so I unplugged the exhaust gas sensor and even though it runs rich, the missing is gone. So with the sensor working, I'm running lean. Could there be another sensor that is bad causing a conflict...
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    Installed new exhaust gas sensor-Missing

    81 Turbo - I bought 2 years ago. Fixed a lot of problems but have always thought it was running rich. Changed the exhaust gas (O2) sensor. Now it seems to run leaner (better gas milage and less...
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    Thanks Stephen, I could not think of a reason the...

    Thanks Stephen, I could not think of a reason the turbo model would need a higher amp alternator, but I had read on a different thread that it was 70 amp. Thanks again for clearing that up.
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    81 280zx Turbo Alternator

    When I drive my car with the headlights on, the alternator light glows very dimly. I have not had any problems starting and this has been going on for months. I have checked the voltage at the...
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    On my thermostat housing I have 2 "plugs" One is...

    On my thermostat housing I have 2 "plugs" One is the water temperature sensor and the other I thought was the thermotime switch. Now I don't know what it is. It has a hex head and 2 wires going into...
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    Thanks guys, the pcv valve is working. I will...

    Thanks guys, the pcv valve is working. I will check the head temp sensor and clean the connections to the ecu. I have cleaned several connections under the hood. I will assume I need to disconnect...
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    Thank you S30Driver. I thought I was stupid or...

    Thank you S30Driver. I thought I was stupid or blind. What might cause a flooded condition? You know coughing sputtering and lots of black smoke from the exhaust.
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    Cold Start Valve

    I looked yesterday for my cold start valve and could not find it. According to the book I was using I thought it would be just forward of the air regulator. If I am correct in assuming that all...
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    Stumbling at 3200rpm with A/C on

    With the A/C off the car runs great. With it on it accelerates just fine til I get to 3200 rpm and then it stumbles terribly. If I get to around 3800 rpm and then turn on the A/C it stumbles just a...
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    Having read this thread and having a problem with...

    Having read this thread and having a problem with my speedometer off about 10%, (speedo shows 10% too slow) is it possible that my cable could be in a bind, causing the 10% difference? I did have a...
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    Check your connectors (probably the ones on top...

    Check your connectors (probably the ones on top of engine) especially the connections with rubber boots. The rubber is most likely either cracked or gone and the rainwater is finding its way into the...
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    I too have a loud fuel pump (1981 ZX Turbo). Mine...

    I too have a loud fuel pump (1981 ZX Turbo). Mine was loud when I bought the car and since it did not run very good, I bought a new fuel pump. New pump is just as loud as the old one. Turned out that...
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    Warning light display

    1981 ZX, it has the warning/check display in the center of the dash. When I first start the car I get the green "OK" but after a second or two the display shows the red warning. If I hit the check...
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    Well Stephen you were right again. Installed the...

    Well Stephen you were right again. Installed the new springs last night and it raised the back end by about 3 inches (looks good). Also stiffened the ride back there. I didn't realize how spongy it...
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    Need to raise the rear end a little

    My 81 ZX sits too low in the rear. I installed new front struts and rear shocks. The front end lifted nicely but the back is too low. When you are looking at it there is no gap between the wheel well...
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    Figured it out. There is a heat sheild between...

    Figured it out. There is a heat sheild between the C. converter and the driveshaft. One of the weights on the driveshaft was hitting the guard. When I tightened the guard it only moved it closer to...
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    Not catalytic converter. The noise has gotten now...

    Not catalytic converter. The noise has gotten now to the point that it does it at lower speeds. Makes it a little easier to diagnose. I believe it is drivetrain related. At low speeds (less than 20...
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