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Hard Starting Q'sengine just cranks
How do i get my engine started? It has cold starting problems. I put a choke on it and it helped. I have an important meeting to go to this morning and the car wont start. Does anyone have any ideas on how to start the car? I usually pump it once and it will start. Then I held the pedal to the floor and cranked the engine...nothing.
72 Satellite 400/727 750 edlebrock with a electric choke. Ok 3 hours later i got the car started and into the garage. How or what do i need to check so that this doesnt happen again. when i pull the aircleaner off the choke flap i open about 1/4 inch. Should it be closed all the way first thing in the morning?
If you hold it to the floor that holds the choke open which defeats the purpose. Try pumping the pedal twice. If the fuel is draining back you may have to crank it till it builds up fuel pressure.
Why would the fuel be draining back? Is something wrong with my fuel pump? I will try pumping twice, thanks Tony
I would leave the air cleaner off tonight and in the morning push the pedal to the floor once and let up. The choke should be closed with just slight pressure needed to open with the push of your finger on the choke.
Fast idle may be adjusted to manufacturers specifications (usually 1500 rpm) during normal choke cold operation. The fast idle screw A can be adjusted with engine off and throttle held open to allow screw head access. Recheck fast idle speed after each adjustment.
The length of time during which the choke will stay closed is determined by the position of the choke cap. As the choke cap is turned clockwise the choke will stay closed longer. To properly set the choke turn the choke cap to the leanest notch on the choke housing, tighten the choke housing retaining screws, and run the engine until normal operating temperature is reached. With the engine running, slowly turn the choke cap clockwise until the choke valve begins to close. Now turn the choke housing one notch counterclockwise (LEAN) and tighten the choke housing retaining screws. Periodic readjustment of the choke will be required as the temperature changes throughout the year. After each adjustment verify that the choke valve opens fully after the engine is warm.
You can pump it more then once, sometimes you have to. Sometimes you have to try cranking it a few times and pump it again depending on how long it's been sitting. If you're using the car daily or every other day starting shouldn't be an issue.
You mentioned that you didn`t have a choke on it previously. I don`t use one either.
Thanks guys some good information. I live in California and it is not that cold maybe 55-60 degrees early in the morning, and i do drive it every day. I was having trouble awhile back starting in the morning, so i installed a choke, and everything has been fine, except for this last time. I will attempt to adjust the choke, and will pump it twice next time and see if i fires up. The next morning after this happened I pumped the gas once and cranked the engine, but it would not start, so i started pumping the gas as the engine cranked and it started. So maybe pumping the gas twice before i start it will work better. I will try this tommorow