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Old 06-14-18, 12:41 PM
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'85 GSL: Can't pull out choke. *Period.*

'85 GSL FB 12A, manual transmission, automatic choke.

Very perplexing and frustrating. With the car completely off, no key in ignition, the choke **** won't budge--stuck solid in the "return" position.

Not sure if this is a magnet problem or vacuum problem; I've been hesitant to dig into it to this point, but now I need to get it smogged (I'm in CA) and I've no intention of not driving it.

Anyone see this before?

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It is probably in the choke switch. It may be corroded such that you can't get it out. Was the car ever wet or flooded? I can't imagine how that would happen otherwise. Theres no cable for this, so it can't be a rusty frozen cable like a throttle cable. Do you need the choke to pass?
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Find the choke linkage on the carburetor and see if you can move it by hand. If yes, then your choke is ok. If the **** still does not pull out then you have a binding cable or binding ****. They’re they same part so you will then need a choke **** assembly. You can try removing and spraying lube in the **** and cable sheath.
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Thanks for the ideas.

Now I have another question/problem: How do I get the trim piece off with the choke ****/mirror controls/rear latch/gas door button ?

I finally found all the screws and physical attachment points...but the wiring harnesses for the various switches are so short I can't pull out the trim and reach the choke switch.

How does one remove/replace the choke switch? It seems completely inaccessible without removing the dashboard....
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To remove the choke magnet/**** assembly it is easy.

There is a small philips (set) screw holding the **** to the shaft. Take that off,

Unscrew the tiny threaded ring behind it.

The unit will slide out by pushing it forward and grabbing it from below the dash/trim. Disconnect harness to choke/check relay.

There are small screws to take the cover off to see whats wrong.
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My bad, there is a cable. It could be frozen. You may need to pull it and free it up.
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try one of those motorcycle cable lube devices...cost $10 at a motorbike shop... will lube just about any cable/sheath thingy...
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If that **** won't move with the ignition off I think it has to be the mechanism in the switch/magnet.

The choke **** doesn't pull on the cable directly, it pulls on a magnet that pulls on the cable. I think.
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The magnet sits around the **** and holds it out until it loses power when the temp switch on the waterpump houising opens and break the circuit.
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