How to Rebuild Your Carburetor
A summary of the job of the combustion engine would go like this: it burns gasoline to create pressure, which is then turned into motion. In the process of burning gasoline, there is another component that plays a vital role in making sure the engine runs properly-the carburetor. Its function is to mix the right amount of gasoline with air. The engine either runs "lean" or "rich" if the carburetor does not do its job properly. If this happens, your engine either wastes fuel, runs very smoky, stalls easily, or at worst, will not run. If you notice any of these symptoms, it may be time to rebuild your carburetor.
Difficulty level: Easy
Tools you'll need:
- Carburetor cleaner
Caution: You will be working on a part of your car that produces a lot of fumes and has accumulated dirt and grease. Wear a vapor mask and safety glasses. Before doing anything else, review the diagram that comes with your carburetor rebuild kit. Familiarize yourself with the parts and how they all come together.
Step 1: Disconnect the accelerator pump, and remove its cover. Locate the choke linkages and detach them along with the choke itself. Note down how the choke linkages are connected, as well as the hoses and screws you're going to need to remove, as you will need this when putting everything back together.
Step 2: Use a toothbrush and carburetor cleaner to clean each part. We advise against using a wire brush, as this might damage the delicate parts of the carburetor. We recommend using a used toothbrush instead.
Step 3: Refer to your kit diagram and your notes to help you assemble the new parts of the carburetor kit. Tighten each screw carefully. Remember to tighten it just enough to avoid stripping the threads. Finally, check the diagram again, along with your own notes, to see if you did everything correctly.