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Starting Problem 1973 Alpha Romeo Spider
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Posts: 1Registered: Aug 2003
CwinSoCal
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Thursday, August 21, 2003 8:25 PM

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Help! 1st time Apha owner here. This car won't start with out starting fluid being sprayed into the air intake box. The car will crank and crank but doesn't just nicely fire up. Once in a while the car will start up easily when its warm (no starting fluid). Also when the car is first running and is cold it idles at 9000rpm, but when warmed up its at 2000 rpm....is that normal? I cann't locate either an idle adjust and am not sure how to adjust the fuel flow to get it start right up. Other than that, the car runs excellent!
Suggestions or advice? I LOVE this car and want to keep it from getting damaged in any way.
Chris




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Posts: 2Registered: Sep 2003
Italianboy
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Monday, September 29, 2003 2:19 PM

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Hello there
I'm very familiar with European and also Italian cars; i live in Europe.
Theyre much more delicate than the american cars because there engines are smaller and more powerful. Therefore they are more complicated.
I ADVISE you go to a experienced good mechanic of European cars with knowledge of caburators and fuel sistem.
Do not mess with the carburators if youre not experienced!

I suggest that the carburators are dirty and/ore they are not regulated ore tuned well.
choke membrane not tuned or regulated well
the fuel sistem can also be dirty ore clogged.
The fuel pump can be dirty ore broken
The fuel tank can also be dirty ore rusty inside;
If it is rusty inside replace it!
There also can be a problem with spark plugs(buy new ones and try again) ore ignition distributor.

So that is all i can thell, but if you are not very experienced hands off!
9000rpm right after start its deadly! It is not at all normal.
Maybe you use too much starting fluid? ore the starting fluid is not made for this engine

bye bye I hope you can resolve this problem and have much fun with this Italian bolid



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Posts: 29From: BellevueRegistered: Aug 2003
synchro
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Sunday, March 14, 2004 3:11 PM

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Your car idles at 9000 RPM?
yowza!



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