73 Cadillac deville, runs good at low rpm but when you step on it, it runs rough and has no power. I have done a tune up with plugs, points and replaced fuel pump. What next?

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Asked by May 20, 2012 at 09:49 AM about the 1973 Cadillac DeVille

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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12,805

Check the catalytic converter. If it's plugged you will have similar symptoms.

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Your fuel line from the tank to the fuel pump may have a small hole in it. Then your fuel pump would be pulling some air into the fuel line, giving poor performance under load.

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I checked fuel line for small holes, it is OK. How do you check to see if catalytic convertor is plugged? Do you have to take it off to check it?

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12,805

Usually when cat is plugged the exhaust has a hissing noise instead of a rumble.

1,975

I would try to run a temporary rubber fuel line to the fuel pump, and see how it runs. I suppose you have a new fuel filter. If it is carburetor-ed, the carburetors' jets could be plugged. If the cat is possibly plugged you would have to remove it, to see.

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There is no cat on this car. Thanks for the ideas tonythe woodsman and aztec626bf. What next? I'm guessing it must be in the carb, which is a quadrejet. I am reluctant to tear into it as they are a complicated carb.

12,805

If you go to the Carburetor Exchange you can get a kit and they supply a very helpful schematic with the kits.

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i have the carb kit ordered, will try that next.

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i finally found the problem! It had a double walled exhaust pipe from the y-pipe to the muffler, the interior wall had collapsed. Installing a new exhaust pipe did the trick. It now runs great.

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