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What are the causes of fluctuating intake manifold vacuum

What are the causes of fluctuating intake manifold vacuum
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Low compression, an intake leak or tight valves also can cause low vacuum at idle. If the vacuum reading fluctuates within the normal range-the gauge needle bounces around a lot-uneven compression (broken rings or leaking valves or head gasket in one or two cylinders) is a likely culprit.

  1. What causes high intake manifold vacuum?
  2. What should manifold vacuum be at idle?
  3. Does ignition timing affect vacuum?
  4. How do you test a vacuum intake manifold?
  5. How much vacuum should a 350 have at idle?
  6. Does vacuum increase with RPM?
  7. What are the symptoms of a bad intake manifold?
  8. What are the symptoms of a vacuum leak?
  9. What should map pressure be at idle?
  10. What happens if ignition timing is too advanced?
  11. What causes ignition timing to be off?
  12. What rpm do you set timing at?

What causes high intake manifold vacuum?

With the throttle wide open, airflow is maximized and vacuum is at its least. When you let off the throttle and the blades snap shut, rpm is still high. This creates a spike in vacuum. The restriction starves the cylinder of air/fuel.

What should manifold vacuum be at idle?

Manifold vacuum is used to show engine compression and is created between the throttle plate and the intake valves. Normal manifold vacuum on an engine running at idle speed is around 18 to 20 inches.

Does ignition timing affect vacuum?

The ignition or valve timing may be retarded if the vacuum is steady but lower than normal. Low vacuum can be caused by low compression, intake leak or tight valves. If the vacuum is higher than normal, it's a sign of advanced timing.

How do you test a vacuum intake manifold?

Doing The Vacuum Test:

  1. Connect the vacuum gauge hose, as close to the intake manifold as possible and start the engine.
  2. Run the engine long enough, to reach normal operating temperature.
  3. Note the location and action, of the vacuum gauge needle.

How much vacuum should a 350 have at idle?

Idle vacuum for most engines is about 18 to 22 in. -Hg, but some may produce only 15 to 17 inches at idle. (Remember what we said about experience.) If vacuum is steady and within these ranges, the engine and fuel and ignition systems are operating normally.

Does vacuum increase with RPM?

Vacuum decreases with load, plain and simple. RPM has little or no effect.

What are the symptoms of a bad intake manifold?

Symptoms of bad or failing intake manifold gaskets

What are the symptoms of a vacuum leak?

What Signs Will Indicate a Vacuum Leak?

What should map pressure be at idle?

With the engine not running and the key on, the MAP sensor should read around 28-inHg. When the engine is started and idling, the vacuum of the engine should reduce atmospheric barometric pressure by 20-inHg. The reading on the scan tool scan tool should be approximately 8- to 9-inHg.

What happens if ignition timing is too advanced?

If ignition timing is too far advanced, it will cause the fuel-and-air mixture to ignite too early in the combustion cycle. This can cause the amount of heat generated by the combustion process to increase and lead to overheating of the engine.

What causes ignition timing to be off?

The ignition timing error is typically caused by damage internally like the pistons or valves inside the engine. A loose or weak engine timing belt that jumps time can cause the ignition timing to be off.

What rpm do you set timing at?

Rev the engine past the point where your mechanical advance is fully engaged. (Usually, 3,000 - 3,500 rpm will do it.) Watch the timing mark on the harmonic balancer using the timing light.

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