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Unread 02-25-2010, 08:52 AM   #1
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GAAAH people that say this make me mad.

Someone called me a minute ago saying their car wouldn't start, how do they fix it? I'm like, what did you do? She says "oh my dad says it is flooded but he's at work". It's a late 90s Buick. I go "Alright, do this. Put your foot the the floor on the gas, crank the engine over, and see if it starts". She said that her dad told her NEVER to do that because that adds more gas to the engine. I say "just do it, trust me." She does, five seconds later i hear the car start.

NEVER tell someone to keep their foot off the gas if their car is flooded. Unless it's carbed. When you put your foot to the floorboards in an EFI car, that tells the computer "hey man, something ain't right, cut off the gas to the injectors". Basically the plugs fire but the injectors shut off.

I don't konw how many of you were aware of this but spread the word, enough of these idiots swearing that you should never touch the gas when your engine is flooded.
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That actually works to clear out a carb'd engine as well. I've had my F150 flood on me a couple of times, in order to get it to clear it's throat I jammed it wide open with my foot. Sure it contributes a bit(Accelerator pump throws a few more CC's down it's throat), but the wide open throttle and freshly opened choke(Assuming the linkages all work) adds in enough air for it to clear it's throat and fire off. Takes a bit longer than the EFI one, tho, as the carb is still mixing fuel in, but it does work.
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my dad always said that, but I stopped after we discussed this in shop class. I haven't had many problems getting either of my cars to start (my focus does take some time to kick over sometimes, and probably will today, its -1 out.)
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At least it still starts....
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I slow down going down hills, damn sticky brake pad
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Actually I never would have thought of this, though I've never really needed to deal with a car flooding, its always the damn lawnmower that does.

I think a lot of people simply equate gas pedal = amount of gas being pushed in, disregarding its connection to the throttlebody.

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My dad taught me to do this if my engine floods for whatever reason (floor the accelerator i mean, not NEVER to do that).

I've never had to do that though, even in the cold my car starts like it would on a hot day, and anything in between the two.

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The plow truck floods maybe once a month, for the single reason it doesn't run enough. Battery goes nearly dead, cranks over slowly enough to not start fast, and keeps dumping gas in. I usually have to put it to the floorboards.
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