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Old 11-27-2013
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need cold start remedy for sluggish choke

I can't say I fully understand how this all works but maybe y'all can help me out.

My 83 ranger starts great in warm weather, and after it is warmed up. But now that we are consistently under forty degrees it takes an extra long warm up before the choke is fully open and running good (say thirty minutes). However, temperatures have been in the twenties and I cant seem to get the truck to idle at all. Seems way too cold for it to handle. I am wondering if a new choke, a carb rebuild, or a heater of sorts would be the best route. how have you dealt with your choke issues?

thanks for your advice.
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the electric choke is controlled by a coolant temperature switch mounted on the intake manifold

over time deposits will form on the internal metal part , preventing the coolant from heating it properly

but just to be clear , a 1983 ranger is a classic now , i would replace the carburator with a new 1

i personally prefer manual chokes , some auto part stores can get you a conversion kit for a low price
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