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    Feels like its way down on power or secondary isnt opening

    Ok, so I have searched pretty good with different key words and dont get exactly what im looking for.

    I have been daily driving my 85 Accord for a few weeks. Its completely fine around town but on the highway, it struggles to maintain speed even with the slightest little grade in the road. I find myself in 3rd gear with my foot flat on the floor to maintain close to posted speeds on these little inclines. I dont feel a surge from a secondary like I would think I should.

    Now this is the slowest car I have ever owned and I have to get used to that.

    I was poking around the carb and found a collapsed vacuum line coming off the drivers side of the carb. I replaced that and car seems to have picked up a bit...I dont know if this is normal or not for it to be this damn hard to maintain speed. I understand it only made 86hp when new but I should be able to at least keep up, right?

    On Sunday, we're moving from Idaho back to the Washington coast. There are a couple good passes I have to climb. Im afraid I'll be around 35mph for much of those climbs while it revs its little balls off.
    It really feels like its just running off the Primary barrel. I guess I may be shifting to soon and to afraid to let her rev out to 6 grand. Shes an old girl with 320k miles on her. I dont like the idea of an old engine spinning so hard for so long. Maybe Im wrong and need to just let her eat?
    Excuse the crappy formatting.
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    Re: Feels like its way down on power or secondary isnt opening

    What is the engine rpm when you're "in 3rd gear with [your] foot flat on the floor to maintain close to posted speeds on these little inclines?"

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    Re: Feels like its way down on power or secondary isnt opening

    If this has a manual transmission, how many miles are on the clutch?

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    Re: Feels like its way down on power or secondary isnt opening

    Not a clutch issue

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    Re: Feels like its way down on power or secondary isnt opening

    Quote Originally Posted by FartCan3 View Post
    Ok, so I have searched pretty good with different key words and dont get exactly what im looking for.

    I have been daily driving my 85 Accord for a few weeks. Its completely fine around town but on the highway, it struggles to maintain speed even with the slightest little grade in the road. I find myself in 3rd gear with my foot flat on the floor to maintain close to posted speeds on these little inclines. I dont feel a surge from a secondary like I would think I should.

    Now this is the slowest car I have ever owned and I have to get used to that.

    I was poking around the carb and found a collapsed vacuum line coming off the drivers side of the carb. I replaced that and car seems to have picked up a bit...I dont know if this is normal or not for it to be this damn hard to maintain speed. I understand it only made 86hp when new but I should be able to at least keep up, right?

    On Sunday, we're moving from Idaho back to the Washington coast. There are a couple good passes I have to climb. Im afraid I'll be around 35mph for much of those climbs while it revs its little balls off.
    It really feels like its just running off the Primary barrel. I guess I may be shifting to soon and to afraid to let her rev out to 6 grand. Shes an old girl with 320k miles on her. I dont like the idea of an old engine spinning so hard for so long. Maybe Im wrong and need to just let her eat?
    Excuse the crappy formatting.
    Carbs dont deal with altitude well...in fact not at all. on my fuel injection 1988 I would loose 1 sec in the quarter mile at 5000 feet.

    I know on my 1st gens I would sometimes on long grades here east have to just let it hang in 2nd gear. Most of our paved mountains go about 3000'.

    id still go thru the carb and make sure the timing and fuel pressure /volume are good. Possible the timing belt is off a tooth that would really kill power.
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    Re: Feels like its way down on power or secondary isnt opening

    just let eat the 6-7k it might take to keep up?

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    Re: Feels like its way down on power or secondary isnt opening

    Clogged cat.
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    Re: Feels like its way down on power or secondary isnt opening

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Snooz View Post
    Clogged cat.
    I agree with Dr.Snooz, if you never touched the cat since you owned it and the chances are with this car you have 200,000 miles like the rest of us; that's bound for a big clog. Being a carb'd car I would also add some Marvel Mystery Oil to the fuel ONLY the recommended dosage 4oz to 10 gallons. People claim it snake oil but I've gotten results many times, it helps lubricate some carb parts and may free something up if its mechanical.

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