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Gas not staying in carb, when cold very hard to start

Can pour little gas in top of carb and car starts fine when cold...otherwise is very difficult to start cold.....starts fine when warm

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It sounds like the choke isn't closing on the carburetor when the engine is cold ( more gas, less air). normally step on gas pedal once to close choke before starting. need to find someone familiar with carburetors to help as it can be technical setting it up

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Check your IAC (cold start) value. This could be the culprit.

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