Although the carburetor is now an obsolete car component after being replaced by modern fuel injection systems and the catalytic converter, vintage and classic cars still use them. In these old-school vehicles, the carburetor carefully mixes the gasoline and air together and sends the optimized air-fuel mixture to the engine to be combusted. When pressure is applied to the gas pedal, more airflow is added to the carburetor to create more combustable fuel and therefore more power. The internal workings of the carburetor are a complex series of linkages, passages, and valves that help deliver the fuel needed for the engine to run.
Signs of a bad carburetor
- Difficulty starting the engine, especially in cold weather
- Idle is too fast or too slow
- Low fuel economy
- Hesitation when accelerating
- Engine stalls
If you notice any of the above issues, get your carburetor serviced by a car care professional right away. The carburetor is a complex component whose maintenance should best be left in the hands of a professional.
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