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Choke up or down

When i put my foot on the gas to speed up it starts choking?

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The engine is fuel injected so there is no choke. Can you tell if the fuel system is too lean or too rich ?
Is the check engine light on ?

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SOURCE: 1990 chevrolet 1500 pickup starts hard when cold

Most likely the coolant temperature sensor for the vehicle computer. Secondly, could be the tps sensor "throttle position sensor" not registering correctly or perhaps lots of other things but most likely the coolant temp sensor.

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if the choke is automatic find out if it runs on vaccum or if its electric. if vaccum make sure there is no broken vaccum lines if its electric check to see if it has power going to it.

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SOURCE: 97 M3 chokes on clold start.

The E36 M3 is natorious for having some minor enigine hesitation immediately after a cold start. My car does this for about the first block both in the morning and after work. Its part of the engine management start routine: you will see this more specifically if you just start you car when its cold and let it idle. Initially you'll notice that the idle tone is a bit more rumbly and rough; but after about minute or so you'll notice that pitch changes and smoothes out. I was alarmed about this too, but after some research, I found it was a characteristic of the design. Just take it easy for the first block and you will never notice. Don't ever cold rev your engine. - Hope that helps.

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SOURCE: Possible Choke

it would have been helpful if you stated the year of the car but it sounds to me like it is the fuel filter or the fuel pump

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SOURCE: My 1995 Ford F150 pickup with a 5.0 l, 2 wheel drive choking down

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You know how you have to mash the gas to the floor to set the choke? Every time you do that, a little jet of gas is sprayed downward into the air stream going down the throat of the carburetor. I think the accelerator pump inside the carburetor is doing that. But it should be enough gas to start a cold engine if your choke is adjusted right. You can observe the gas going down the carburetor... bore, I guess is the right word. (Throat is a common term, air horn is the correct term.) But to observe it, you have to take the air breather off, hold the choke valve open, and look down the throat while you pull the throttle lever to wide open throttle. Just try it a couple of times, and see if gas is being sprayed down the carburetor's air horn. It may help to use a flashlight. Of course, this is all done with the engine off.
You didn't say how it ran once started and warmed up. Is the power and performance satisfactory? Hard to say if it's a fuel problem. If the problem is only hard to start when cold, it could be your choke not adjusted or working right. You could put in a manual choke, pretty simple kit. People often do this when they don't want to fool with the automatic choke. I'm an old geezer, but I for one am glad that carburetors are a thing of the past (even though my daily driver at present has a carburetor -'87 sentra). Fuel injection is much simpler, and easier to diagnose.

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My 86 dodge diplomat sounds like it wants to start and will if I keep trying but I've been holding my foot down on the gas each time only to have it not start and smell gas really bad someone me...

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Have a 90 f-250 5.8 gas burner. sat in a warehouse for 2 years. new battery and gas. starts and idles great. run up rpms for 2 minutes and it starts choking out. let off fuel and goes back to idling...

Carburetta is fouled. Run fine on choke - rich mixture. As it warms up and choke pulls off, its starving for gas.
First try adding fuel system cleaner to the gas tank. Do NOT go overboard. No more than double the recommended mix ratio.
The alternative is to remove the carb, open the bowl and spray out the jets and venturi with carb cleaner.

Its possible you may help it by removing the air filter and spraying every orifice you find on top of the carb. With carb cleaner. Be very carefull not to flood, pool carb cleaner in intake as this is not healthy for engine either. You can do this with engine running, so as not to pool, but slowly is best, both in engine speed and volume of carb cleaner.

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Ok I believe the butterfly that you are refering to is yes the choke. Normally the choke will be closed when the car is cold and after it is started it will slowly open and then the engine speed will drop to an idle. That is if things are working properly. Now if you have pumped the gas a lot trying to get your car to start the spark plugs may be to wet to fire. What you can try is manually open the choke so you know it is open and wire it open temporaraly, then hold the gas pedal to the floor and crank the engine and see if it will start. If it starts, take your foot off the gas and let it idle down and figure out the problem with the choke not opening. If it doesn't start by doing this then you need to make sure that you do have spark at the plugs, make sure that the plugs are not gas fouled. Also if its not your carb causing your problem I did read the things you have replaced
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If this information didn't help you then add to yours about the no start problem. Like it was running fine but this morning it would start, or I was driving and it quit and won't start, etc. It does help to understanding the problem better. Good Luck

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