Originally Posted by worminator
What is a tell-tale sign that my engine is flooded? Usually I assume that if i'm hearing popping sounds in the engine while its turning over it is flooded. If I floor the accelerator during this time, the popping will increase in frequency and volume, until the engine will finally start..
You came pretty close to answering your own question there.
Too much choke (choke plate fully closed) and it will fire one time and die.
At that point, it's flooded. After that, the plugs are wet with fuel and further attempts to start it without opening the choke all the way will be almost futile. With the increase in fuel with the choke partially closed, the engine needs more air to mix with the fuel. That's where the fast idle comes to play, it keeps the throttle blades partially open to allow more air to mix with the fuel.
Summertime is coming, so you will need to use the choke less and less as it warms up for the next 7-8 mo. It just takes practice on how to use it. I even have to get used to using it every winter when it turns colder because I forget how the engine responds to the choke. Air temp and the temp of the engine has a lot to do with it also. Everything is different at 2* than it is at 32* and less choke and fast idle is needed. During the summer when the air is 60 or 70* degree's at night, I don't even need to use it.
Another trick you can use is remove the air cleaner and pull your choke button all the way out. Loosen the set screw on the choke arm and move it to where you can just get a pencil between the choke plate and the air horn and tighten the set screw back down on the cable wire. This way, you can pull the choke button all the way out when you start the engine without closing the choke all the way causing it to flood the engine. The choke button won't go all the way back in but it will keep you from over doing it and when you do push the button in as far as it will go it will still open the choke plate all the way after warm up.