Tag: carburetors

43 Posts

Is This a Case of a Bad Battery, or Evaporating Gas?
Apr 06, 2017

Is This a Case of a Bad Battery, or Evaporating Gas?

Dear Car Talk

Dave's '86 Toyota pickup truck turns over...and over...but is reluctant to start. Is a weak battery to blame, or something else?

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is exhaust from a classic car dangerous to breathe
Oct 11, 2016

The Engine is a Stinker, But Have They Exhausted All Options?

Dear Car Talk

Lola's '46 Ford truck has the smelliest exhaust in the neighborhood. Is it worth fixing, or is it a health hazard?

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69 VW Bug continuously bogs down
Jul 23, 2015

What's Next for the Bogged Down Bug?

Dear Car Talk

Jeffrey's '69 VW Bug continuously bogs down and he's tried everything to fix it. Nothing's worked. Car Talk's suggestion for what he should try next, right here.

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my car dies when i shift into drive or reverse
Aug 14, 2012

Vintage Mustang Needs a Vintage Mechanic

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Onofre's 1966 Ford Mustang starts fine but dies out whenever he shifts into gear. Tom and Ray diagnose a carburetor problem and offer some creative suggestions about how to find a mechanic with the right, er, qualifications to work on a carburetor. 

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Is flooring the gas good for a carburetor
Jul 01, 2011

Is David saving his carburetor or just annoying his wife?

Dear Car Talk

I am writing to you to settle a disagreement that my dad and mom had when I was a kid (in the 1970s) and my wife and I have currently. Does an engine ever need to be floored (hard acceleration)...

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Does blowing out the carbs help
Sep 01, 2009

Do you still need to "blow out the cobs" from time to time?

Dear Car Talk

I know we are supposed to drive our cars gently ... accelerate gently, brake gently, etc. But is there any benefit from occasional and brief full-throttle blast, for, say, a mile or so? As a boy in the 1960s, I recall...

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Mar 01, 2008

From our "arrested adolescence" department: how to make a old car fart.

Dear Car Talk

Back in the 1960s, when I was an adolescent male, one of my friends told me that he could get his old car (late- 1940s- or early- 1950s-era) to "fart" whenever he liked. When I expressed skepticism about this claim...

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