Should I buy this truck

Asked by Guru95ZWQM Dec 28, 2020 at 07:39 PM about the 1985 Chevrolet C/K 10 RWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a question for all you truck smart people. I'm looking to buy a 1985
Chevrolet c10. It's in pretty good condition but the guy said that there is
something wrong with the carburetor but he's not sure what it is. It has a new
PCV valve, new ignition, new distributor cap and rotor, new air filter, and new
plugs and wires. Do any of you know potentially know what could be wrong
with the carb and how much it could be to fix. Also if its worth buying the

2 Answers


These were good trucks. I bought a brand new 1986 model. This vehicle may or may not be computer controlled. To find out see if it has a "Choke" light instead of a check engine light. If it does, the vehicle is not computer controlled and will be easier for you to work on and get parts for. My first suspect would be the electric choke. They always burned out and that would keep the choke plate closed. As the engine warms up the choke plate, on top of the carburetor, should gradually open. If not, use a screwdriver and hold it open. If the engine runs good when you do that, the choke is burned out. Another thing to look for is the exhaust manifold heat riser valve not opening, if equipped. It will be on the passenger's side exhaust manifold right where the manifold bolts to the exhaust pipe. With the engine cold you should be able to move the valve by hand. If not, it's stuck and needs to be replaced. A clogged catalytic converter will make the engine run poorly as will clogged or misrouted PCV system hoses. If you determine the carburetor is the problem, DO NOT replace it with one from the auto parts store!! DO have the original carburetor rebuilt, complete with a new electric choke. I learned that lesson the hard way with my 1970 Pontiac Catalina!! Hope that helps! Jim

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A new carb is not that expensive, if it is computer controlled you could install a old style carb if smog checks are not an issue where you live.. The ignition will be electronic. You should be OK as long as you don't over pay.

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