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Porsche 914 Carburetor

Common Problems of Your Porsche 914 Carburetor

Your Porsche 914 carburetor is built to last a long time. But overtime, it develops different problems that are related to other faulty components. Carburetor problems like flooding, engine hesitation and fast or no idling are some of the most common that car owners with carburetors installed still experience. Below are the common carburetor problems and the troubleshooting steps to help you should you experience any of these:

Flooded carburetor

When your carburetor becomes flooded, there's a possibility that your engine will shut off or run roughly. The flooding happens when there is too much excess fuel pressure inside the carburetor, which can be caused by a faulty or broken fuel pump. Make sure to replace any worn fuel pump to avoid flooding. On the other hand, a stuck float can also cause the carburetor to flood. Simply tapping on the fuel inlet fixture can free up the float from getting stuck. You can also clean out the float bowls and needle passages of any dirt that has blocked the passage. You should also replace any worn or rusty parts and inspect whether your fuel tank is leaking. Immediate replacement of the worn parts can fix the problem.

Fast or no Idling

If your engine doesn't idle smoothly, idles too fast, or it stalls during idle when the engine is cold or warm, your car's carburetor is at fault. Normally, this is caused by a bad accelerator pump or power circuit. To fix this problem, you have to replace any worn components whether the carburetor or the accelerator pump. Also, you may just need to adjust the solenoids on the carburetor or completely replace them if they're already malfunctioning. Moreover, you can disassemble the carburetor to remove any trapped dirt or other elements inside to address this problem.

Engine hesitation

Engine hesitation can be caused by a carburetor, improperly connected vacuum hoses, or a clogged exhaust system. Also, a broken EGR valve or gasket can lead to this problem. These systems and parts must be inspected thoroughly and assessed whether they are still in good working condition. If not, you should replace any broken component to fix this problem.

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  • Helpful Tips in Cleaning Your Porsche 914 Carburetor

    Your Porsche 914 carburetor may need to be cleaned from time to time. After all, it's the device where air and fuel mix, so dirt and debris tend to be collected inside. Cleaning your carburetor is easy, but it can be dangerous if done carelessly. To safely and successfully clean your carburetor, here are helpful tips for your guidance:

    • Protecting yourself
    • Before proceeding with the cleaning, you're advised to wear safety glasses and chemically stable gloves because the carburetor cleaner is highly dangerous. It can burn your skin if you're not wearing the correct protective gears, or it can even start fire. Keep in mind that the carburetor cleaner should be handled carefully as it can damage paint, melt plastic, and poison skin.
    • Soaking the parts in a gallon of cleaner
    • You can soak the carburetor and the components in a gallon of carburetor cleaner that you can buy from any car store. This may be expensive because you will need to use up the entire can for soaking. Keep in mind, though, that you need this step to thoroughly clean the carburetor and the parts. You can refer to the instructions provided by the cleaner on how to properly use it.
    • Scrubbing with a metal wire brush
    • You need to scrub the parts using a wire brush to remove any kind of dirt that have been collected overtime. Once they have been scrubbed, you can spray them with the carburetor and choke cleaner. Remember that you can continue brushing the parts until you're satisfied. Just make sure not to damage your gloves while brushing because your hands may make contact with the cleaner.
    • Spraying the cleaner into the holes
    • When you begin spraying the carburetor cleaner, aim at the holes where the jets, air and idle screws, float needle, and choke are all connected to. This will properly clean the holes, especially the jets. You will need to have ample lighting to check whether the jets and holes have been thoroughly cleaned by the spray. If they aren't completely cleaned yet, you need to blow compressed air though the hole to get rid of any remaining debris.
    • Drying the squeaky clean carburetor and parts
    • After cleaning the carburetor and the parts, make sure to dry them up. You can blow compressed air into the holes and parts to easily dry them.