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  • #7995

    Joseph Hollinger

    I’m sure this isn’t the best way to ask this question, but what exactly are the symptoms of a float sticking? As in what exactly happens if you don’t run a pump around and the float binds under cornering?

    I’m not interested in a pump-around non-pump-around debate. I have both setups. I’m interested in what would happen, or what I can expect occur in the specific case where a float sticks. Anyone with experience here?


  • #7996

    Joseph Hollinger

    Oh, this is specifically related to Kehein carbs, not that that should make much difference.

  • #8075

    Chris Hegar

    If the floats don’t move one way or the other.

    Stuck open (needle out) Motor floods and won’t run. Way rich, no adjustments effect it.

    Stuck closed (needle locked up in the hole) Motor runs out of fuel and dies.

    If your running a carb that has developed problems after running fine for some time, change the filter, remove all jets and blow air through all hole in the jets and carb itself, change pump completely or just rebuild. Also check tank pickup and all fuel lines for kinks or blockage. Lot’s of the karts with age tend to wear out the pickup in the tank, rubber gets hard and crack, ect. Still got problems, change plug, ignition, reeds, inspect piston, you know the drill.

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