Q: Carburetor backfiring and won't hold cold start.

asked by on January 27, 2016

The carburetor is backfiring and won't hold a cold start fast idle. Other problems include carburetor leaking, wet throttle plates, bowl levels would drop overnight.

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Hi. It sounds like you are having some carburetor problems. Im going to guess you have a Holley or a Edlebrock. They both have been known to have many problems. I finally decided to get rid of my Holleys and obtained a Dominator, I have been relieved ever since. Your problem sounds like the needle and seat may have something stuck in them causing them not to seal off correctly. As a result, your fuel bowls are flooding the carburetor with fuel. At the same time, your choke might not be set correctly and may be stuck closed causing further flooding. I would recommend having a certified technician inspect what is causing your carburetor malfunction. Also, if it has sat for a while, you may be better off having the carburetor replaced by a certified mechanic to eliminate any further problems with your vehicle.

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