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Understanding Your Carburetor

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Are you a car owner who wants to learn more about your vehicle’s carburetor?  At JD’s Auto Repair, we help customers with a wide range of automotive maintenance and repairs.  We also offer tips and tricks to help car owners keep their cars running as smoothly and as efficiently as possible.  If you want to know more about your carburetor, you’re not alone.  Many people know that their vehicle’s have a carburetor, but they have no idea what purpose it serves.

The purpose of your carburetor is to combine the right amount of gasoline with air so that your car’s engine runs properly.  If you don’t have the right combination of fuel and air, then your engine will either run the risk of having its engine damaged, or in some cases, your car will not run at all.  In cases where there is too much of a fuel and air combination, your car’s engine might run smoky or it might even flood.  In some cases, your car will just run poorly.  As you can now tell, the carburetor plays an important role in getting this combination just right for optimal driving performance.

Another function of your carburetor is to draw air and fuel into your car’s cylinders through the vacuum.  The throttle of your car can open and close to allow more or less air inside.  The air moves through an opening known as a venturi.  Carburetors have been designed in various shapes and sizes over the course of time.  Many small motors only require one small carburetor, while large motors might require up to twelve jets.  Nowadays, there are three kinds of carburetors in use.  There’s a one barrel, a two barrel and a four barrel.  Generally speaking, the type of engine that your car has will determine what kind of carburetor it uses.

At JD’s Auto Repair, we can help you tune your carburetor if the need arises.  Tuning a carburetor takes several precise steps and if you aren’t skilled at doing it yourself, then you should definitely consult with the professionals.  Tuning your carburetor will improve your car’s performance and will add to its longevity, as well.