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Newb question about a fuel problem...
Posted 21 January 2004 - 07:11 PM
I'm having some kind of fuel problem. Engine seems to be choking for gas. It just died one day and woouldn't start. Turns over though. Thought it might be a plug problem. Replaced those and no change. I was told I might need to change the fuel filter.
My friend thinks it's odd though that it has 3 hoses on it. Can someone tell me what they are all for? We did a test to see if the problem was the filter or the pump by taking the hoses off and started it up. Both tests had fuel coming from the pump ok and out of the filter ok. That explains 2 tubes. Whats the third? Possibly does it return unused gas to burn up or something?
I also tried dumping in some carb cleaner in the gas tank. We can get it to run, but it chugs, for a little bit. Once I start driving though it dies. Got about 20 feet before it won't start up again.
Any ideas and can someone tell me what the myseterious 3rd tube is?
Posted 21 January 2004 - 07:18 PM
What does the engine sound like if you turn it over while dumping gas directly into the throttle body? If it seems to be running OK using that method then your problem is somewhere in the feul line between the tank and the carb.
Keep us posted
Posted 21 January 2004 - 08:15 PM
Posted 21 January 2004 - 08:34 PM
Also - there are 2 fuel filters - one under the hood, and the other under the car. On your Brat it's slightly behind the drivers door, on a little shelf next to the fuel pump. Both probably should be replaced.
Do you have spark? Is your air filter clean? Is the choke operating properly? Etc.
Posted 21 January 2004 - 08:44 PM
Air filter is kinda dirty, but thats not even in right now. We took the whole air filter case off. The big blue metal tray thing. Sorry for lack of technical terms here.
Choke seems to be working ok also.
Looks like I may just take it to a shop tonight. Argh! Gonna cost me a bunch of money I don't have probably.
Thanks so much for the help. Still would like to hear any suggestions people have in case I don't leave it off at the shop.
Posted 21 January 2004 - 08:46 PM
Posted 21 January 2004 - 09:00 PM
Posted 21 January 2004 - 09:10 PM
What are the symptoms as of right now? I sounds like you said it ran for a minute, kind of chugging, then died. This might sound stupid, but have you made sure that the plug wires are connected to the distributer right? The firing order should be 1 - 3 - 2 - 4
If you accidentaly switch the 2 - 3 plug wires on the disty, then it will run on 2 cylinders, but not drive. Dont ask me how I know, its embarrasing
Let us know what you turn up and good luck
Posted 21 January 2004 - 10:03 PM
Posted 23 January 2004 - 07:48 PM
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