Everything you wanted to know about automatic chokes but were afraid to ask pt5
I've noticed many people drive vehicles with inoperative chokes. Even though chokes can be intimidating, repairing and adjusting them actually is very simple.
So, stop pumping that accelerator and follow along as we look at how chokes work and how to repair them.
Electric Choke adjustment: rich and lean extremes
In this video, I am purposely changing the rich/lean adjustment wildly in
order to show the effect. Your actual adjustments would not be this
extensive, but if your engine is loading up and not running very well, the
choke or an aspect of it's systems may be the culprit.
How to adjust Quadrajet/Dualjet fast idle
Quadrajet/Dualjet Rochesters have a fast idle adjustment screw that is
separate from the base idle screw.Here's how to locate it.
NOTE THAT THE CHOKE ITSELF MUST BE WORKING IN ORDER FOR THE FAST IDLE TO
750 vs. 800cfm Rochester Quadrajets-how to tell them apart
There exists a ton of misinformation regarding the actual airflow capacity
of the Rochester Quadrajet. Not many people know how many variations there
are or how to tell them apart.
Here is a simple video explaining how to identify each size based on
casting design. I will cover the "cfm-limited" carbs in a separate video.
Carburetor Electric & Manual Choke Tuning - Summit Racing Quick Flicks
Norm covers the basics of how to start a carbureted vehicle on a cold
morning with either a manual choke or electronic choke. Learn the
differences between an electronic and manual choke and how to properly find
the right choke position.
'77 Chevy K20: Quadrajet Choke Pull Off and Fast Idle Cam Observations
1977 Chevy K20. 350 crate engine. Rochester Quadrajet 4MV carburetor with
Truck suffers from unexplained hesitation and bogging when in forward
gears. Tends to rev just fine after a few minutes of mixed idling and high
revving. Checking choke operations as well as a possible sticky fast idle
cam as part of the process of elimination.
- Truck is allowed to idle/warm up until 2:25 mark, at which point the
engine is revved to about 2,000 rpm, and can be heard bogging (a hissing
sound can be heard). The fast idle cam is seen dropping. Fuel flow can be
seen in the glass-cased fuel filter right before the carb as remaining
- The engine is revved again about three more time up until 3:00 minute
mark. The engine revs slightly higher, but the hissing and bogging can
still be heard.
- Engine is revved again at the 3:35 mark, slightly past the 3,000 rpm
mark. Hesitation and hissing still evident, but less so than before.
- Engine revved at the 4:25 mark to about 4,000 rpm. No hesitation or
- Transmission is slowly shift through every gear starting at 4:55 mark.
Shifted back into Park at 5:05 mark.
- Engine revved again at 5:10 and 5:17 marks to 4,000 rpm. No hesitation or
hissing is heard.
To read up on the discussion, please visit the following thread:
Rochester Quadrajet, the results!
Two mishaps, the first shown here, the choke coil I got was wound
backwards, it made the choke butterfly wind up TIGHTER as the engine warmed
up. I swapped on the one from the old carburetor fast enough, the second
mishap made me feel like a crud and what did I mess up later that evening.
The car would not start leaving the Etobicoke -Queensway show. It was not
getting gas. We got it running by priming the carburetor, and boy, was I
ticked at myself. In the end it was not my fault it looks like. The new
accelerator pump umbrella and rod was a very poor and frail design, the
umbrella came detached and stayed at the bottom of the of the pump well,
and was a distressed mess. The maker will get a note from me. The upshot?
The old assembly went in, all is perfectly fine, the slight tip-in
hesitation is gone now too. Stupid lack of pride it seems these days
making parts for even simple things like an old carburetor.
how to minimize engine bog with a Quadrajet carb
this is to minimize engine bog when the pedal is to the metal. do not over
tighten, very small spring...you want to try 1/4 turns or 1/2...q-jets are
good if tuned properly. also when you are tightening screw it will have
tension on it so keep the screwdriver firm. 1986 gmc sierra single
straightpipe to cherrybomb. you will need a small flathead screwdriver and
a 3/32 allen key. be sure not to tighten to much or else your vacuum
secondary flaps wont open.
More Quadrajet tuning, some things! Part one in this saga on Sept 13, 2010
The car has a slight stumble and surge at a light throttle cruise at about
55 to 60 MPH. By swapping out the .050 metering rods to .048 units, the
stumble and driveability concerns are now gone. Going richer would mean
worse fuel mileage one may think? No! Now that the mixture is right, LESS
throttle opening is needed now, which means higher vacuum, and this way the
metering rods will block off the correct amount of fuel, and in the proper
timing and percentages, so the car runs much smoother. As stated many
times, patience and reading up on, and understanding how these intricate
carburetors work will help out very much! Enjoy!
My Rochester 2 Jet carburetor was having fuel regurgitation issues. I
cleaned up the carb and rebuilt it. Everything went smoothly with the
rebuild and everything was adjusted to spec. Carburetor still barfs out
fuel. Really stumped on why it's doing this. This was my first carb
re-build and my experience is limited.
How to adjust carburetor mixture screws
Here's how to find and adjust the mixture screws on your carburetor.
Note that metering-block style carbs such as Holley and Demon more often
have one or 2 mixture screws in each metering block depending on the number
of venturi. Also those may not be located at the bottom of the carb as in