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Old 10-07-2009, 10:21 AM
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I've seen allot of post's on carburetor problems and thought I would post this troublshooting chart that came with my re-build kit. It might save time and help with the problems you are experiencing with drivability.
Some people on this site are not ase certified professional mechanic's, to include myself. 100 reply's to "my carburetor" can be confusing and refering to this chart first, can help. Most carb's work on the same basis as the holley to include, vacuum, float levels, and other stuff. It's a good starting point. SQZBOX
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I would like to mention that you DO NOT 'have' to be ASE certified to know what the hell you are talking about.
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Old 10-08-2009, 03:19 AM
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When I was in tech college my instructor and I went many a round about ASE certification. He didn`t understand, just because you have it don`t mean you know what your doing. A lot of guys can pass it on paper, on paper any job is easy, getting out there and doing it for real is a different story. I met many guys, one I remember, has on his ASE patch and I asked him what was he certified in, he told me front end alignment. I noticed after a while he worked on the basic mechanic side, not on the alignment side of the shop. So I asked my brother in law about it, he told me "He couldn`t line up a lawn mower, he already tried to align several cars and they all came back and I had to reline them, I tried to tell him what he was doing wrong, but he just don`t get it, so we put him in the basic bay with hopes he don`t screw anything else up"
As for carb charts, yeah, they can help some, but, sometimes carbs can give you problems the chart don`t mention, this is when it gets interesting because you have to figure it out yourself. The other issue on this board is the same problem it`s always been and always will be, 10 guys can give the same answer, and they all be right, and every answer is worded different so it`s easier to understand, but that don`t mean the guy who asked the question understands so it only adds to the confusion. It`s possible one of the guys who answered could walk up and fix the problem in 5 minutes and the guy who asked the question is amazed asking "how did you do that?"
But that is the next part of the problem, were not there, and we can`t reach through the screen and fix it.
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Old 10-08-2009, 04:48 AM
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When I was in tech college my instructor and I went many a round about ASE certification. He didn`t understand, just because you have it don`t mean you know what your doing. A lot of guys can pass it on paper, on paper any job is easy, getting out there and doing it for real is a different story. I met many guys, one I remember, has on his ASE patch and I asked him what was he certified in, he told me front end alignment. I noticed after a while he worked on the basic mechanic side, not on the alignment side of the shop. So I asked my brother in law about it, he told me "He couldn`t line up a lawn mower, he already tried to align several cars and they all came back and I had to reline them, I tried to tell him what he was doing wrong, but he just don`t get it, so we put him in the basic bay with hopes he don`t screw anything else up"
As for carb charts, yeah, they can help some, but, sometimes carbs can give you problems the chart don`t mention, this is when it gets interesting because you have to figure it out yourself. The other issue on this board is the same problem it`s always been and always will be, 10 guys can give the same answer, and they all be right, and every answer is worded different so it`s easier to understand, but that don`t mean the guy who asked the question understands so it only adds to the confusion. It`s possible one of the guys who answered could walk up and fix the problem in 5 minutes and the guy who asked the question is amazed asking "how did you do that?"
But that is the next part of the problem, were not there, and we can`t reach through the screen and fix it.
ill 2nd that. ive chased more so called "ase" certified techs out of my dads shop than i can recall. they think they knew what they were doing till i got a hold of them. what really made them mad was the mere fact that i was younger than they were and had more knowledge and experience hands on than they did being a "ase" certified tech.
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Perhapps I should have worded that more carefuly. Now, I'm going to get spanked! I'm not trying to pump up certified mechanic's or take away hands on exp. I DO get things wrong once in a while, and so do others.
I was just trying to help others with a base to start with. and eliminate the confusion of so many post's. My bad?
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OR one can look in the Knowledge Base on this site for MANY articles on how to tune/repair any carb.
As stated before many times Holley has a FREE down-loadable manual for troubleshooting/repairing.
One just has to look/read on this site as the Guidelines mention,
Try doing a SEARCH first you would have found these articles,
http://www.hotrodders.com/kb/carburetor-articles
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:18 AM
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its all good bud, it was just clarification, not bashing you. i, in my time have also met some top notch "ase" certified techs out there who are as good as it gets.
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sqzbox, I forgot to thank you for the chart. Thanks. It is a good guideline, and can be used by the pro's and the joe's. We're not doing any bashing on ya', just trying to illustrate that carbs are simple, but when bolted to an engine they become complex. Sometimes beyond a textbook.
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That was my intention. I just run my mouth too much!
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