Signs That Your Carburetor Is In Need Of Assistance

If you have an older vehicle, then you likely pay close attention to ever little sound and smell when it comes to your engine. There are a wide variety of parts that require attention, especially when it comes to the motor. The carburetor is one of them. Keep reading to learn about some signs that this part is going bad and may need to be replaced. 

Dark Exhaust 

The carburetor is the part of the engine that mixes air with fuel so the mixture can be used as fuel for the vehicle. The exact right mixture is needed to encourage the correct burning or the fuel. Not only does the carburetor mix the fuel and air, it measures and meters both so that the correct amount is injected into your engine. However, when the part is not working correctly, then a poor mixture is created and sent to the engine block. This results in rich fuel with little air mixed in. 

When the mixture is too fuel rich, then a great deal of fuel is burned. This results in a large volume of emissions and black smoke being released from the exhaust. Not only is this bad for the environment, but you are likely to notice that you need to fuel up much more often as your gasoline is being released through emissions instead of being used to power your car. 

Hard Starting

If your vehicle does not want to start when cold or even when it is warm, then this may be a carburetor issue. Specifically, the engine will need a metered and correct mixture of fuel to start. If it does not, then the starter cannot ignite the fuel to get your engine to run.

Once your vehicle is running, you may notice some overheating or backfiring issues. These are both the result of a lower amount of fuel in the mixture and a poor performance. While performance and starting are issues, the lack of fuel can actually cause damage to the engine with excessive heat being placed on the block, pistons, valves, and seals within the engine. This can result in some fairly expensive repairs down the road. 

To keep your engine in good shape, make sure to have your carburetor checked if you notice a problem. Carburetor replacements are relatively inexpensive, especially when compared to the repair and replacement of some of the other components within the engine. Look at salvage parts, such as from Myers Auto Salvage, to save cash.