Fuel problem 1979 Toyota Corona


#1

I have to pump the accelerator pedal 20-30 times to get my car to start. Is the fuel pump the problem? The fuel line has never been replaced.


#2

When was the last time the carb was rebuilt or replaced? This car is a bit on the old side and any details on service already done are important to know to give you a better answer.


#3

You may have a leaky carburetor if you have to crank it while pumping the gas to get it to work. If you pump it thirty times and then crank it, you may have a low float bowl level. You could have an ignition problem instead. You could have burnt valves. You can get a newer car too.


#4

Remove the top of the air cleaner housing after depressing the accelerator pedal one time; after sitting all day, engine cold, etc.

The choke flap in the top of the carburetor should be completely closed. If not, it’s sticking open and a little aerosol carb cleaner should clear this right up. It’s not big deal at all.


#5

My dad owned one of these…until a drunk drive ran a red light. His was a wagon.

It sounds like the float-bowl is leaking down. Time to get the carb rebuilt. Hopefully you can find a carb reuild kit. Don’t forget the float. Some kits don’t come with a new float.


#6

Thank you. I think you’re solving my problem.


#7

And don’t forget the lime!

Ha ha…sorry…had to…