Sticky Carb Float or Needle

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#1 Sticky Carb Float or Needle

Post by AussieEtype » Mon Feb 29, 2016 4:13 am

My engine had been started for a number of years.

I fired it up the other day and it started first go - two of the carbs squirted out lots of fuel due to a sticking float or float needle. Some gentle tapping with a rubber mallet on the side of the carbs fixed one but the other has been quite stubborn.

So other than tapping the carb some more (I don't think this is going to work) does anyone have any suggestions on how to unstick the float etc without pulling the carb down - something I just don't want to do just at them moment.

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Garry
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Post by SESH » Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:31 pm

Got the same problem, so will be interested to find a solution. But I think that taking carbs apart will be the way to go unfortunately.!
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Post by AussieEtype » Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:20 am

I guess you told me what I already knew unfortunately.

This particular carb has been prone to doing this the whole time (33 years) I have owned the car. usually clears itself with a bit of running and getting petrol flow through it to dissolve deposits.

Many years ago it even piddled on a MOT inspector who was in the pit under the car - made him quite angry but the car still passed.

The car has been laid up for many years and it helps to start to move the car around but with the amount of fuel that is coming out it is just not safe.

The carbs will have to be kitted out when it goes back on the road so I would prefer not to do anything to them now.

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Post by SESH » Tue Mar 01, 2016 8:10 pm

Hi Gary, The only other solution I could think of was adding some Redex petrol additive into your fuel tank. But I think in the end taking the carb apart and either replacing the float or the valve (or both) will be the answer. Mike
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Post by AussieEtype » Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:10 am

Thanks Mike - I agree.

Thanks for your input.
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