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Faulty fuel delivery. Bad fuel pump? Super dirty fuel filter?

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Hey Dutch, have you tried anything like starting fluid to see if it will run..If it will not run, try removing the fuel line going to the carb..(does this carb have a filter in the inlet fitting???)..once the fuel line is loose.. (BE CAREFUL!) ..try starting the engine and see if fuel is pumped through the line to the carb...if you are not getting gas there.. time to work backwards until you find the problem..(does this engine have the fuel pump mounted on the side of the engine,if yes.. remember the fuel pump has to "pull" the fuel from the tank)..If you are getting fuel TO the carb.. make sure the carb is "taking" the fuel..(inlet filter).if you are getting fuel to the carb,, and it will still NOT RUN..(and won't run using "starting fluid")..its time to start looking for a timed spark..(assuming the engine has compression).. when you have done this, reply back to me on here... thanks... please mark as helpful.. Good luck..

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I have a KYMCO mongoose 90R for my kid. it won't start I have put a new spark plug, fuel filter. I changed the gas oil and transmission fluids. It still won't start can someone please help?


It sounds a like a fuel starvation problem if it run with easy starts it's obviously firing and got compression without any of these it won't start. I would check to make sure there's no restriction in the fuel line from fuel tank to carburettor. If not there should be w screw at the bottom of the carb unscrew and let it drain. Replace screw and see if it starts sometimes the floAt in carb gets stuck.

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The fuel pump went out i replaced it and also replaced fuel filter the car ran great for 2 days then just cut out and now it almost startsbut wont i checked the rail to see if gas is gatting to the in


One guy mentioned carb cleaner. I would use starting fluid due to the fact that if it is a fuel problem the car will run for a few seconds on starting fluid. If it won't run on starting fluid then it's an ignition issue. If it runs on the starting fluid then check the inertia switch & fuel pump relay.

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1980 tr7 duel strongberg carbs. clean gas, pump works, rebuilt carbs. will not start! will run untill starting fluid burns -off.


Adjust the nut under the main jet needle to give it fuel to run with. The throttle control pushes the needles in too far and block of the jet so you have to give the jets a chance to allow fuel in

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Ran out of gas, won't start. Will start when primed won't stay running. changed filter. getting fuel up to carb just not in. Fuel pump is running.


Try hitting her with a spray of starter fluid only a small amount down the (Carb. as you say) throat, should fire up.

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I have to use starter fluid to get my truck running and than when running it will die in idle and not restart without adding more starter fluid? what can i do?


It sounds like it's not getting fuel. Are you in a cold climate? The gas line could be frozen. You can check the fuel pump by disconnecting the gas line at the carb, you may want to put a length of hose on the line and catch the gas in a coffee can. Then have someone crank the engine while you watch to see if gas squirts out of the line. I wouldn't use too much starting fluid, you can damage your engine, pour a little gas in the carb instead. Also, on a truck of that age the gas line could have a hole rusted in it between the tank and the fuel pump. If that's the case the pump will not pull the gas out of the tank it will draw air instead. It could be the fuel pump itself. If you have a good stream of gas to the carb then the problem is in the carb. It could be the needle valve is stuck shut, take a screwdriver and lightly tap on the carb, that will sometimes jar the needle loose. If you have gas to the carb it could also be clogged jet inside the carb. I you hold the choke partialy closed will it stay running then?

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If that is carbureted, and has a mechanical fuel pump, try running a length of fuel line from inlet side of pump to a gas can that has fresh, clean fuel, and if it runs good that way, you know problem is most likely in the tank. Removing the tank & cleaning it out is best solution from there. I'd even be tempted to add a small bottle or 2 of Lucas Fuel Sytem Cleaner to first fill in clean tank, just to help clean lines as well as carb.

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Do this, take the top off the carb, being careful not to damage the gasket. Then take some carb cleaner and clean out the bowl and floats. Remove the needle valve and clean it out. Put it all back together and filling the bowl with carb cleaner. Start it with the starting fluid. Once you run the carb cleaner through it, it should start to run on it's own. Whatever you do don't shut it off for about 20-30 min unless you have to.

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Starving for fuel. Start by making sure the fuel pump is running. Turn the ignition on without starting the car and listen for the pump. It should run for a few seconds and then shut off if you don't start the engine. If you hear nothing, check the fuse. If the fuse is good then it can be a defective fuel pump relay, pump itself. If you hear the pump run and then shut off, suspect a clogged fuel filter, defective fuel pressure regulator, or an extremely weak fuel pump that is running but pumping no fuel. 

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