colt 200 ignition / exhaust / starting etc problems

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Tanya, Oct 23, 2003.

  1. Tanya

    Tanya Guest

    1989 dodge/chrysler/mitsubishi colt 200 (series 2000) and i really need
    help b/c every time i bring it somewhere it gets worse
    (1.5 liter 4 cyl, fuel injected (MPI) a/t)
    just had a "valve job" (for collapsed valve lifter following compression
    the mechanic *did* say that the timing and idle were set low (until the
    valves are broken in???) however, now takes ~ 10 attempts to start...
    hesitates -- reverse is almost hopeless (stalls) and is using exs fuel
    and has rich exhaust
    just wonder whether the timing being retarded could account for the
    above (only stalls in reverse)
    NB: it has 70,000 miles, same owners, well maintained never had a
    problem until starting 1.5 years ago (following a tuneUp :)
    any and all advice is greatly appreciated
    Tanya, Oct 23, 2003
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