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Gas leaking out of bottom of carb

setting float.

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Colin Bailey

01-29-2003 07:22:39

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I have a 1952 WD with gas leaking out of the bottom of the carb when I try to start it. I did go back in the archives and find some replies, but was wondering if anyone had something more of an idea. I did rebuild the carb, but that was over a year ago and it ran fine since then.. Then I ran it out of gas, and since then I can't get it started and now I see the gas running out after I stop trying to start it, I do notice sediment in the bowl - so maybe the needle valve has a piece of dirt?? Any other Ideas?

AND - when I do have the carb apart - actually my dad said take the bottom off the bowl and let the gas run out - which may clean the needle valve out. Can this be done on the tractor?? and if it can - can I check the float setting - or better yet how do I set the float on the carb. I think it's a zenith. I'm at work so I don't remember - but I'm pretty sure.


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01-29-2003 10:09:16

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 Re: Gas leaking out of bottom of carb - setting float. in reply to Colin Bailey, 01-29-2003 07:22:39  
Colin, When you ran out of fuel, some of the contamination and foreign material in the bottom of the tank may have made its way to the carburetor. If this is the case, the screen on the sediment bowl may be deteriorated and need replacing. Suggest you remove the carburetor for inspection and cleaning. Use some cleaning solvent and compressed air - carburetors can never be to clean. As a basis for establishing the float level, adjust it so the float is parallel with the top-base of the carburetor and the needle is closed on the seat. Also, check to see if one of the floats has a pinhole in it. If it does, it will be full of fuel and will reduce considerably the buoyancy of float assembly, which will prevent it from controlling the fuel level. Keep us posted. Tom

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