3 Benefits of Cleaning a Dirty Carburetor

January 27, 2012

A dirty carburetor can cause all sorts of nasty little problems for your vehicle and some that are very serious. So, here is a list of some of the ways cleaning your car's carburetor can be good for your vehicle.

Better Fuel Efficiency

A dirty carburetor prohibits the proper flow of fuel into your vehicle's engine. Dirt and grime in your car's carburetor will cause your engine to be starved for gas and also affect the combustion process which will result in lower fuel efficiency and will result in wasting gas that will cost you at the desktop. Occasionally cleaning the carburetor of your car will help you get more miles per gallon and save a few bucks on your gas bill.

Improved Acceleration

Because a dirty carburetor prohibits adequate fuel flow, acceleration is also dramatically impacted on the vehicle. Since the extra fuel needed to propel the vehicle faster can't quickly flow into the car's engine, performance is impeded and the vehicle does not accelerate as expected. So, keeping your carburetor clean will always make sure that your car is performing at its best.

Improve Engine Starts

When A dirty carburetor makes it hard for fuel to flow into the engine of your vehicle, the car's engine can be very hard to start - especially on cold mornings or after the vehicle has been sitting a while. Making sure that the carburetor in your vehicle is clean will mean that your car's engine always has an adequate flow of fuel needed to start the vehicle quickly.

Related Questions and Answers

What is the Average Cost of a Replacement Carburetor?

Depending on the amount of work that needs to be done on the carburetor, the cost of replacement carburetors can range from about $30 to as much as $400. On the low end, you are doing most of the work yourself as you replace the key parts of the carburetor with kit parts. You will have to unbolt and take apart the carb, carefully removing and saving all of the springs and screws, and then you will have to put it clean it and put it back together with the new parts. If you are buying a whole new unit, the cost is astronomical, if labor is factored in.

What is the Best Paint to Use for Painting a Carburetor?

If your vehicle is still carbureted, instead of fuel-injected, then there will likely come a point where you will want to use carburetor paint on it, especially after a rebuild. In general, the best color paint to use for painting a carburetor is a silver or bronze color over a special carburetor primer that may be zincbicromate in color. If your carburetor has obvious corrosion or other problems, you may need a light sanding or wire brushing to get rid of the corrosion, and then a good cleaning in carb cleaner should follow. Once finished with your anti-corrosion work, it is time to spray on the primer coat and then finish with the top coats for a nice bright carburetor.

How Much do Carburetor Fuel Lines Costs?

In general, carburetor fuel lines, depending on the type, can cost between $14 to $90 or $100 dollars. The difference in cost is due to their construction. In most cases, you will find a carburetor fuel line is made of a polymer that only has to withstand about 10 to 20 psi of pressure, and that there may be two parts to them. One leading to a fuel filter, and the second leading to the carburetor. Aluminized lines are for higher-pressure fuel systems, and are generally used to feed fuel to fuel-injection systems.

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