Top Two Common Complaints with the Nissan B210
The Nissan B210 lies midway in the very popular "Sunny" line that Nissan adopted from Datsun in the late 60s. In a decade-long run starting in 1973, the B210 proved to be one of the more popular subcompacts to penetrate the American market. It was particularly praised for its great fuel economy and reliability-so much so that even today, enthusiasts still proudly drive around their B210s in the streets of America. As a testament to its reliability, the B210 isn't a car that has many complaints attached to it even until today-a good three decades after it hit the road. And as with all cars, there still are a few gripes with the B210, but these remain very rare..
Rusting fuel storage tank
This strange but uncommon problem is reported with the 1978 edition of the Nissan B210. Owners have reports that the tank tends to rust rather quickly. In the worst cases, the rust eats right through the tank. This causes it to tilt on the left side. While nothing untoward has ever resulted from this fault, it can still causes a loss of fuel economy and even a engine failure of the engine.
A recall order was issued in 1983 and faulted the rusting to those B210s that operated in cold areas where salt was used for road de-icing. Covered by this recall order was a replacement of the support brackets with reinforcement and U-shaped brackets. And Eeven if your a B210 isn't covered by the recall, having a good set of support brackets are aff ordable in the aftermarketis highly recommended.
Fuel pump leak
Another problem associated with the 1978 version of the Nissan B210 that's tied to the fuel system is a tendency of the fuel pump to start leaking. To be fair, this problem really started to manifest in the year 2007. However, it still remains a risk as the leaking fuel pump poses a serious fire hazard. The fault looks to be due to the improper installation of the fuel pump diaphragm.
A comprehensive recall order was issued with Federal-Mogul-who made and installed the fuel pump diaphragms in the B210.- The company was willing to replace the defective pumps free of charge.
There's black smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe of my Nissan B210 when the engine is running. How can if fix this?
It is possible that the carburetor choke of your Nissan B210 is stuck closed, and you will have to repair or replace it. You can rebuild it with a kit or replace it with a new or remanufactured carburetor, though the latter is a more expensive option. The complexity of rebuilding this component depends on the type of carburetor your car has. Because the B210 has a four-barrel carburetor, repairing or rebuilding it may be difficult but can be handled by someone experienced in DIYs. If you are not comfortable doing the rebuild by yourself and you can't find a trusted friend to help you, it's easier and less risky to replace the carburetor instead. When shopping for the correct kit or replacement, you will need to know the metal ID tag on your car's old carburetor, which will tell the exact model number and calibration of the unit.
I'm rebuilding my old Nissan B210. Can I place any type of engine there or does it have to be a specific unit?
Unless you want to modify your Nissan B210 even more, it's best to stick to the engine used on the Nissan B210 during its production, which is the A series of engines. Specifically, you should look for the redesigned A12, A12A, or the 1974 tall-deck A13—you can choose which engine you like best. The 1974 redesigned A12 is a 1.2-liter engine and was the first to use the then-new block style. Its distributor was moved from the front side of the engine to the middle of the block to make room for accessories like air conditioning, anti-pollution air pumps, and more. The motor mount positions were also moved slightly. With the redesign, Nissan introduced its emission control technology called Nissan Anti-Pollution System or NAPS. Meanwhile the A12A is also a 1.2-liter engine that used a casing similar to the A12 and the same stroke, but used a 75-mm bore to increase its capacity by 66 cc. Lastly, the A13 is the first tall-deck engine with a capacity of 1.3 liters and a 73-mm bore like the A12, but has a stroke of 77 mm to reduce the compression ratio from to 8.5:1.
My Nissan B210 won't turn over. What's wrong with my car?
The first and most likely cause for your Nissan B210 not turning over is a dead or drained battery. Before you go out and replace your battery, try to recharge it first, as it might just have drained because you left a light on overnight. Try jump starting your car and driving it around for an hour or so to confirm that everything's working fine. Another possible reason would be corroded battery cables. Find the thickest cable connected to the battery—that's the starter cable. If it becomes corroded, it becomes impossible for current to run from the battery to the starter. Simply clean the cable and other connections with a wire brush to remove the corrosion.