Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Carbureted engine dropping fuel on a '98 Suzuki Esteem

asked by on

I have a '98 Suzuki Esteem 1.3 carbureted engine. I see it's dropping fuel and smells of gas when it's parked, when it cold starts. Any suggestions?

A: Yes. Either clean or rebuild the carburetor...

Yes. Either clean or rebuild the carburetor or have the carburetor replaced. We haven't used carburetors in ages. I don't know what the Suzukis use now, but what we used to use years ago--we used to use Italian rubber carburetor conversion kits. We would throw the crappy Japanese carburetors and we'd put on those good Italian racing carburetors. If you can find an Italian racing carburetor that fits that thing, go on and put one of those on. You'd be happy. It would run a lot better anyways.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My car is sluggish and struggles going uphill.

Hello. If the engine revs up and the vehicle is not responding then it is usually caused by a slipping transmission. If it is just a power loss, then the issue may be a bad catalytic converter clogging the exhaust....

Q: Clutch problem??

If the clutch slave cylinder is leaking onto the clutch and you are getting low on fluid in the clutch hydraulic system, then you may be slipping due to the fluid getting on the clutch. You would need replace the...

Q: Fuel pump not working 1997 Suzuki Esteem

The problem may not be a fuel-related issue but spark or timing. If the engine speed sensor is failing and the computer cannot determine, which cylinder to fire the vehicle will not start. These sensors can often fail intermittently where...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...