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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Carburetor
Common signs include reduced engine performance, black smoke coming from the exhaust, backfiring, overheating, or hard starting.
How Long Does an Accelerator Pump Last?
If you drive a newer vehicle, you may not be familiar with accelerator pumps. New vehicles almost invariably operate on a system of fuel injection, and the accelerator pump is a component...
How Long Does a Carburetor Last?
The carburetor combines fuel and air in the engine by using an intake vacuum supply. The air is pulled down through to the carburetor by the intake vacuum while fuel is siphoned from...
How Long Does a Fuel Return Hose Last?
Most of the older cars on the market have a carburetor that helps to disperse the fuel that is need during the combustion process. While these carburetors are very reliable, there...
How to Tune and Adjust Your Carburetor
While all modern cars use computer-controlled fuel distribution systems, there are still many vehicles on the road that employ the traditional carbureted method of fuel delivery. Before electronically controlled fuel systems were developed,...
How to Check the Choke on a Carbureted Engine
The choke is a plate in the carburetor that opens and closes to allow more or less air into the engine. Similar to the throttle, the choke plate rotates from a horizontal to...
How Does the Carburetor Work Within the Fuel System?
The carburetor is responsible for mixing gasoline and air together in just the right amounts and getting that mixture into the cylinders. Though they are not found in new cars, carburetors have delivered fuel into...
How Does the Fuel System Work in a Modern Car?
Cars have evolved a staggering amount over the last decade, and the biggest issue that manufacturers addressed with those advancements involves the amount of fuel used by the engine. Consequently, the fuel systems found...
How to Replace a Carburetor on Most Cars
A carburetor replacement involves the air cleaner, vacuum hose, car fuel line, and a number of other parts. This complex procedure varies by vehicle.
How to Buy a Good Quality Accelerator Pump
Nestled down in the carburetor’s fuel bowl is a little pump that provides extra sprays of needed fuel in situations like starting the car or passing on the highway. Fuel-injected vehicles do not need...
How to Buy a Good Quality Carburetor
Vehicles are now manufactured using a fuel injection system in order to provide the engine with the proper fuel-air mixture. Prior to the 1980s, however, carburetors performed this task. The carburetor is...
How to Buy a Good Quality Fuel Injector
Getting fuel directly to an engine is accomplished through an electronic fuel injector; with each cylinder getting its own dose of fuel which is much more efficient than the ways carburetors would...

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How to set a carburetor on a big block 454? I think the carburetor is a 600 cm
Hi - As excited as most of our team would be to work on a classic, big-block 'Vette, that is not a service we can offer at this time. I would check references by other Corvette forum members on a...
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Truck cranks, fuel pump turns on but wont stay on for more than a couple seconds. Poured starter fluid in carburetor and it turns on for a few
Hey there. This may be some kind of fuel supply issue. When you turn the key on, the fuel pump should come on for a brief second pressurizing the system. When you turn the key, it should then maintain this...
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I've got a stock 350 with an edelbrock 1406 carb I just put on that I bought used. It has a dead spot in the accelerator so I chan
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that the carburetor may need to be tuned or adjusted. Every engine runs differently, so in most cases, when a new or different carburetor is installed on an engine it will need...
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What other year carburetors will work for 93 Suzuki GSXR600
Hello. The GSXR 600 carbs were the same during 1992-1993, but changed after that between 1994-1996. I would recommend looking into purchasing carburetor rebuild kits to get your bike back on the road. If this is not an option and...
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Carburetor is getting gas but will not fire. New fuel pump and cleaned the carburetor twice. It will start on starter fluid but dies.
Engines that won't run are frustrating. Lets start by assuming you are getting fuel to pass through the carburetor. Next you will want to look into spark and compression. The spark may be the easiest to look into. You need...
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Hesitation on acceleration - 1980 Chevrolet C10 Suburban
Hi there. From the description you have provided, your vehicle's hesitation could be, the carburetor's accelerator pump not working. An easy way to identify whether the accelerator pump is working or not. Remove the air cleaner housing, engine off, open...
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What is the prcedure of replacing an accelerator pump on a 73 monte carlo with a 2 BBl
For a carburetor and car of this age I would not recommend just trying to install another accelerator pump in the carburetor. The fuel system in this car was not designed to work with the new fuels in use today...
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What would keep the car from using all the gas in the carburetor on a short (6 block) drive?
Hi there. When the carburetor is acting like its flooded, then this condition is called vapor lock. The fuel line may be getting too hot along the engine and causing the fuel to boil inside the fuel line. I recommend...
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Can I change my car from full injection to a carburetor?
Hi there. According to the emission department of the government, it is against the law to swap out a fuel injection system for a carburetor due to not getting a computer. If the vehicle was registered as recreational use only...
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Carburetor installation costs and adjustment.
Billing question sent to CS for installing and adjusting cost of a carburetor.
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1968 Ford Mustang has an intermittent surge at idle
There are only two things that can cause this problem in this engine. One is the distributor timing jumping up and down due to worn out components inside the distributor. The other problem may be that the carburetor is not...
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I sucked a rag into my intake, how do I clean it out without pulling the whole motor apart?
Hey there. The rag may only get as far as the intake valve and not get past it yet until the valve chews it up. You should remove the carburetor and using long mechanical fingers small enough to reach into...
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Car will stall out at random while driving?
Hey there. While it has been some time since I worked on one of these early CCC vehicles, the first place I would look is the carburetor itself. If the vehicle idles fine but stalls or hesitates when hitting...
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I've got a P0507 code, what can I do?
Hi there. It sounds like the idle air control valve is stuck at the high idle position. The idle air control valve is located on the throttle body assembly and allows air to bypass the throttle plate to control the...
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Not getting enough fuel car will not run right. It stalls when you give it gas and stalls when it's running. It's a 1984 Ford Escort.
Hi there, thanks for writing in. Several early 80's Ford's swapped from carburetor to fuel injected engines; including your '84 Ford Escort. However, there were two different fuel systems available that year. If your Escort has the fuel injected engine,...
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Engine bogs down
Hello there. Many common faults will cause your 1970 Chevrolet 350 engine to bog down. The most common faults are engine running to rich, improperly adjusted throttle linkage, fuel pressure to high, or a vacuum leak. A qualified technician, such...
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How to stop gas leakage from going into carburetor
Hi there. The excessive fuel into the carburetor would account for not being able to drive very far and heavily smoking from the exhaust. Two things come to mind, a sunk carburetor float(s) and/or float needle & seat not sealing....
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car cranks but doesn't start
This engine will most likely have the old style ignition points and condenser. This type of ignition needs to be replaced every year or 12,000 miles or you will end up having no starts, hard starts or the engine may...
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Swapped carburetor and the engine stalls out.
Hi there. When you swap out carburetors on engines, you would have to set up the carburetor and adjust the float bowl along with setting the idle. With a Rodchester Quadra-jet, you would need to have the engine idle at...
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I have an engine with a two barrel carburetor. It appears to me the 2nd barrel isn't opening. When and what opens the second barrel?
Hi there. On two barrow carburetors, there are two ways that they open. The most common way is through engine vacuum. When the vacuum drops to near zero, the secondary throttle valve will open and operate the secondary jets. Other...

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