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Sounds like its the switch. But check fuse first for B+ ,grd and a blown fuse. Check bulbs. Next get the shop manual, make yourself two jumper wires ( use same gauge wiring as the switch connectors have) remove the switch and jump whatever terminals the shop manual tells you to do and see if the lights come on. If they do you need another switch. You can also ohm the switch out( checking it for resistance) to see if its within spec's. usually once you open the switch you can see where it wore out. if your testing determines its not the switch use the shop manual and a volt meter to look for your open. repair the wire accordingly.Good luck this clean fun I love working on these cars. keep me posted

1981 Chevrolet... | Answered on Mar 09, 2010


STANDING IN FRONT OF CAR 1 ON DISTRIBUTOR CAP IS ABOUT 5 OCLOCK POSITION.

1981 Chevrolet... | Answered on Jan 17, 2010


If it starts with gas down carb, then pump, pump relay, is faulty, or plugged fuel filter. Or carb floats sticking.

1981 Chevrolet... | Answered on Dec 03, 2009


sounds like a bad ground or maybe a worn or broken turn signal cam.

1981 Chevrolet... | Answered on Dec 03, 2009


I personaly would run amsoil 5w-30 or royal purple 5w-30. Those are a full synthetic and I can tell you from experience they are great. I run Royal Purple in my silverado and Amsoil in my cbr 600rr. Also, from independant studies done on Royal Purple and Amsoil they can go longer between oil changes then most oils. Royal Purple has been tested after driving 22,500 miles and still could be used if you wanted to leave it in the engine. I usually change mine around every 10,000 to 12,000 miles.

1981 Chevrolet... | Answered on Nov 27, 2009


hello. Thanks for choosing fixya! I would begin by getting this baby scanned. I agree with you that there are some carb. issues, such as gumming which could be cleared up with a couple of bottles of Seafoam, from your local auto parts store. Good luck with it. Regards, Joe

1981 Chevrolet... | Answered on Nov 10, 2009


chek power to starter and signal to smal wire to solonoid when starting u need second person to start and u chek or try to litly tap on starter sametime starting

1981 Chevrolet... | Answered on Nov 01, 2009


Aluminum heads--
Short bolts-65 ft.lbs.
Long Bolts-75 ft.lbs.

If no aluminum heads.....80 ft. lbs.

1981 Chevrolet... | Answered on Oct 11, 2009


ran bypass wire from alt to starter

1981 Chevrolet... | Answered on Sep 11, 2009


Black smoke is caused by excess fuel that has entered the cylinder area and cannot be burned completely. Poor fuel mileage is also a common complaint when black smoke comes out of the tailpipe. Black smoke out the tailpipe is the least cause for alarm. Excess fuel will usually effect engine performance, reduce fuel economy, and produce a fuel odor. Some of the causes of excess fuel are a carburetor that is out of adjustment, a faulty fuel pump, a leaky fuel injector, or a faulty engine computer or computer sensor. If black smoke is present, check the engine oil to make sure excess fuel has not contaminated it. Do not start the engine if a heavy, raw fuel smell can be detected in the engine oil.

1981 Chevrolet... | Answered on Aug 13, 2009


1981 corvette no power to the power seat need location of the fuse

1981 Chevrolet... | Answered on Jul 31, 2009


hmm..there might be a fuse box under the hood or most likely in the dash or under the passenger or the drivers dash..hope i solved your problem :)

1981 Chevrolet... | Answered on Jul 31, 2009


it will be in the fuse box it should be a 5 amp fuse

1981 Chevrolet... | Answered on Jul 28, 2009


I would say you have a faulty motor.

1981 Chevrolet... | Answered on Jul 28, 2009


we did them from under the car and that is what the service manual says, use a spark plug boot release tool avail from any parts store for around $8, DO NOT PULL ON THE WIRES.

1981 Chevrolet... | Answered on Jul 10, 2009


have you checked to see if the choke is on? this light lets u know the choke has an open circuit, it is heated by stator wire from the alternator.

1981 Chevrolet... | Answered on Jul 09, 2009

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