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Holley 4 BBL Carb

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My boat is difficult to start when warm and seems to be running rich. I noticed that the "choke rod" is not connected on my carb. It is just hanging loose like it was done intentionally as it does not appear to be broken or damaged and the little clip is still on the end of it. After noticing this I held the "butterfly valve" down with my finger and the boat fired up on the first try. Any idea why this rod wouldn't be connected? I tried making adjustments to the screws on the carbs and didn't notice any drop or increase on the rpm gauge. I even turned the screw on both sides all the way and the motor never died. I'm thinking I should rebuild the carb. What do you guys think?

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Gaffster01

Back in my younger years when I used to play with such things on cars I found if you didnt have the choke attached that when you started the car it would move and in effect partially choke the car. I would guess the same principle would apply here. Usually the only reason to detatch would be if the cable froze on a manual or the actuator got stuck on a vacuum choke. Least that was my experince when playing with carbs on cars.

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Chuck A

My boat is difficult to start when warm and seems to be running rich. I noticed that the "choke rod" is not connected on my carb. It is just hanging loose like it was done intentionally as it does not appear to be broken or damaged and the little clip is still on the end of it. After noticing this I held the "butterfly valve" down with my finger and the boat fired up on the first try. Any idea why this rod wouldn't be connected? I tried making adjustments to the screws on the carbs and didn't notice any drop or increase on the rpm gauge. I even turned the screw on both sides all the way and the motor never died. I'm thinking I should rebuild the carb. What do you guys think?

Can you post a picture? It sounds like a choke for a Rochester carb, not a Holley. Does the "choke rod" come out of the top of a little metal box mounted to the intake manifold? The metal box is a cover for the thermo-activated choke.

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