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Repairs and Maintenance Blog

The DeLorean needs routine maintenance and the occasional, more significant refurbishing.  Beyond that there are also a number of customizations and upgrades to improve performance, reliability and functionality. 

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Testing the Mechanical Advance

Joe Angell

I took Dave Swingle's advice and tried starting the car by pushing down slightly on the deflector plate while cranking the engine.  Since I didn't have an assistant to crank it for me, I picked up a momentary pushbutton and hooked it up to starter relay socket I'd installed some time ago.  This let me start the car and test the mechanical advance, which appeared to be working just fine.

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Water in the Fuel System: Clearing Injectors, Testing Spark and Cleaning the Fuel Tank

Joe Angell

A failing seal from the fuel pump cap and boot is likely what led to water getting into my gas tank.  This resulted in extremely poor performance, first limiting me to 3000 RPMs, and soon after to only 1500 RPMs.  Repairs included cleaning the injectors, replacing one that was completely dead, testing spark (just to be sure), testing fuel pressures and cleaning the fuel tank and replacing the fuel filter.   While clearly there was something wrong with the fuel system, it did not fix my misfiring problems.

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