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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 04, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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Just curious how long one should go between carb rebuilds? Is it like a PM deal done every couple of years? Or just wait till you suspect it needs rebuilding.


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 04, 11:24 AM
 
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Check your throttle shaft(s) for excessive play every so often, and rebuild when it gets loose. Under normal conditions this takes many many years to happen. A good cleaning is always healthy, however, and I do one once a year just to keep the gunk and crap out of the carb. I use Holleys, so it is a rediculously easy task to perform on these carbs.
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It might depend on how much you use the car.... fuel sitting still gets icky. If you drive it a lot, and stabilize your fuel in the winter, it should stay ok for a long long time.

Flip side, if you only use a tank a year, I'd rebuild it every spring.





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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 04, 08:51 PM
 
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Well, I wouldn't rebuild it every spring, that would just be a waste of money. Definately clean it though to get rid of the gunk that builds up from sitting fuel. Sometimes rubber parts degrade from gasoline, and might need to be replaced, but a whole REBUILD is not necessary until it a lot of wear is noticed; namely in the throttle shaft(s).
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 04, 09:28 PM
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I haven't touched my truck's quadrajet in years. If I notice a problem, I'll clean it out. But I drive that everyday.

On the Camaro, I tend to change jets and PVs often, and I clean it out when I do that. So I've never rebuilt that, either.

Now that I think about it, I only rebuild a carb if I buy a used one. Other than that, I just keep it clean.

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