Hesitation and backfire through exhaust help - Team Camaro Tech
Engine General Engine Discussion.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 28th, 03, 06:51 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 51

Ok well thatís the problem but it only happens in 3rd and 4th gear (M20) when I do anything more than ease into the throttle. Its more noticeable in 4th gear though and it doesn't do it at all in first and second. Iíve tried it as low as 2500RPM in both gears and each time it will backfire and stumble until it gets to 3000RPM and then it will clear up and run fine.

The engine is a new 406 making around 450 HP.
Distributor is an HEI with aftermarket cap, coil, rotor, and module. It has a stock 25* vac can that I put a stop behind (similar to cranes setup) to limit it to about 12*. I've tried initial/mech. from 12*/33* to 14*/35* and it didnít make a noticeable difference.

The carb is a 750cfm 3310. It has the orange pump cam and the lightest secondary spring in it.(I forgot the color) I'm not really a carb expert but other than that I pretty sure everything is stock. I did check/set the fuel level and that didnít help either.

One other thing, the backfiring is worse when I use manifold vacuum than ported. With manifold it makes a slight occasional pop at cruise RPMs(2800). Iím using ported now but if I can get this figured out I want to see how the car runs on manifold vac. after reading some discussions here and at team chevelle.

Iím going to check the plugs this weekend to see if they are fouled up and clean them off. Other than that and what Iíve already checked Iím running out of ideas. Does anyone have any ideas what else to check? To rich? To lean? Any other suggestions? (please no 4 letter words like flat, wipe, or lobe )
Neals69SS is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 29th, 03, 02:24 AM
Senior Tech
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Kentwood, MI
Posts: 8,097

I'd go back to the plain colored spring to start, could be going lean during the transition.

If that doesn't help it might be a good idea to pull the valve covers and watch to make sure all the rocker arms move up and down the same amount when the engine is cranked (and that none are loose). I had a cam with a **** exhaust **** that caused popping in the exhaust. It also made the exhaust louder and the engine did not clear up at higher RPM.

E85 racer and E85 carb builder

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

68 Camaro, E85 powered 427" small block. 9.96 @ 133 MPH, 1.319 sixty foot on motor. 5.92 eighth @ 116 with a 1.42 sixty breaking beams with back tire on the bottle
Eric68 is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 29th, 03, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 51

Eric, thanks for the idea and also for not using any of those bad words.

I've been searching over here and team chevelle and it seems cams going flat is a common problem when the engine starts backfiring. I hope since I have a roller that will work in my favor a little but I am definitely going to check the rocker arms for movement now. Its weird how it does it only in those 2 gears and how manifold vac. is worse than ported.

Assuming that the cam is fine does this sound most likely it is a carb problem rather than ignition? Could jet changes make a difference or converting to a secondary metering block so I could change the jets there also?
Any other suggestions are welcome too
Neals69SS is offline  
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Oct 30th, 03, 02:24 PM
Senior Tech
sixd8rs's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Westminster,Md,usa
Posts: 967

I racked my brain for several days having this same problem. Thought it was my msd ignition, carb, timing. A fouled spark plug was my cause.

68 RS
sixd8rs is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Team Camaro Tech forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address.
NOTE we receive a lot of registrations with bad email addresses. IF you do not receive your confirmation email you will not be able to post. contact support and we will try and help.
Be sure you enter a valid email address and check your spam folder as well.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome