Since 1976, quality control on Chrysler vehicles had become worse. Anything outside that range will trigger a fault code and turn on the Check Engine light. Remove the oil filler cap on top of the engine and feel for blow-by a great indicator of compression. No pistol grip shifter for you, buddy boy. Driving to maximize fuel economy I once got 43 mpg with one. My only true wish is that I could have one of these cars brand new right now. They also made it quite different to drive, by retuning the suspension and adding in a turbocharged liter engine — making it the only K-car with turbo power.
The Reliant, Aries, and LeBaron never got any powerplant more powerful than the 100 horsepower 2. You should find a small square or rectangular black box usually black. I guess I need to know if you think this is the problem as well. If replacing the pan gasket it would be a good time to change the oil pump. The coupe and sedan had approximately 15 cubic feet of luggage space; the wagons, 35 cubic feet with rear seat up and about 70 feet when folded. It was garage kept and the paint looks.
Decent tires, new cv joint, and some other new parts. It only has 97,000 miles on it with little rust. Instead, the company sprang for a modern two-barrel electronic feedback carburetor with a progressive opening — opening the secondary bore only when needed — churning out 82 hp when launched. Engine mounts and exhaust hangers were also improved to quiet the cars; and the carbureted 2. Thomas Mize wrote that the 1981-82 Reliant and Aries both had a factory sunroof option, though production numbers are unknown; he asked for people to contact him or us if they have information. For two, it conveys a kind of staid,.
Attach the mirror onto the bracket. By 1982, Plymouth had the Reliant patrolling the streets of America in full police car trim. This version turned out 93 hp 129 lb-ft ; more important, it solved the starting and idling woes of carbureted versions, as well as the inability of some spark-control computers to hold the timing steady as they aged. Even worse, the over-the-road drivers tend to be pragmatic people with conservative leanings. The good news is that junk yards have plenty of parts for them.
As a result of this, Chrysler corrected this and began building more base models then sales of the Reliant and Aries skyrocketed. My father wants to get a new distributor cap and spark plug wires. The Reliant wagon was stylish and, with a stick-shift, fleet. The original K-cars, the Plymouth Reliant and Dodge Aries, brought traditional engineering to the front wheel drive layout. It generated 92 hp and 131 lb-ft of torque.
If 146 hp seems low, consider that the V8 in the 1981 LeBaron had produced 130 hp and 230 pound-feet of torque , with much more weight to pull. The LeBaron name had fallen from being on the top-of-the-line Chrysler Corporation car — the 1975 Imperial LeBaron was the last time it would see such heights. Hello, How are you today? Chrysler makes it real easy compared to other car brands. He simply took the ball and ran with it. Tip: Incase your old bracket is still on the glass, to remove it:- 1.
New packages included Protection and Popular Equipment Discount; neither was available on the base model, which also made do with fully manual rack and pinion steering not a major drawback on this light car. Also, my father says that the big cooling fan in front of the engine has been running continually not just when the air conditioning in running, as it has previously done. Sound deadening steps led to molded air intakes on both 2. Steering was light; handling was nimble if dull. Reliants and Aries equipped with this engine accelerated 0—60 mph in the 13-second range. During a series of Congressional hearings, Lee Iacocca made his case for a Federal bailout of Chrysler, citing past and aerospace company as precedent. Also, the tail lights received chrome trim, and the interior received a padded dash and new black instrument cluster with round gauges.
The light steering and soft suspension make it a comfortable car to drive, and makes it feel more like a larger classic North American car. The Ks were great products. They were simple and humble but they did their job. Then, for 1984, the Reliant and Aries were given a minor facelift, without losing their squarish looks; the upgraded interior gained a new instrument panel with gas, temperature, and voltage gauges, and a trip odometer; color-keyed seat belts; molded trunk carpet; and another 7. The four-speed — previously offered as standard equipment — was dropped. To tell which engine you have, look at the emissions sticker under the hood.
The climate control lights as well as the reverse lights work at random. Reviving a term used in the past, it was called the Reliant Scout Car; it joined the midsized Gran Fury Pursuit and the Voyager van in law enforcement. Please let me know if you need further assistance. The K-cars , , , , and, in Mexico, sold over 2 million vehicles from 1981 to 1988, and around 100,000 in their final year, 1989. New underhood service identifiers were added for fluids.