hi i have 81 eldorado and its been sitting in my yard for 2 months i replaced the cap, coil and the ingnition module and i started up right away but the motor started to knock whats wrong with it

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Asked by May 06, 2010 at 04:40 AM about the 1981 Cadillac Eldorado

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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depending on the knock .. one of two things .. 1/bad gas - spoiled from sitting for an extended time .. 2/internal piston/rod problem .. good luck .. depending on the car condition, it would be worth fixing .. i've always wanted this body style, black, biaritz !!! good luck

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thank you for replying and helping me with my problem. if its bad gas would it be best it i let the car run a let it burn all the bad gas because it never knocked before. and that caddy u always wanted is the same caddy that i have it a kick ass car

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I would drain out as much of the bad gas as possible. Then fill it up with some premium and install a new set of plugs. Just be sure to set the right gap.

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thank you buddy i didnt think bad gas would make a motor knock

8,890

Yeah, the longer gas sits the weaker it gets. It makes it hard for the engine to light it off. Especially with old worn plugs.

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thanks larry

8,890

No problem. It's good to see someone keeping the classics on the road.

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it could be a rod if it is in the bottom end of the motor

8,890

He said it didn't do it before when it was running. So unless a bearing seized from sitting I don't think it would be a rod knocking.

Cadillacs of that era will get a knock that sounds a lot like a rod knock, but it may not be. Sometimes a chunk of carbon with fall off the valve and create the noise. Run the car at a high RPM, at the same time pour some water out of a cup into the carb. The small amounts of water will break up the carbon deposit. I've done this many time on cadillacs.

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