I've been having 'teething pains' with my Dells, the car has been a HUGE pain to start up. All those problems are solved now, and it turns out the issue is a carb-ignorant owner .
Here's what I've learned:
- when running without a manual choke cable, the 'pump-pump-crank' method of starting the car requires MORE than 1/8" throttle while cranking. I've never had to push the gas when starting a car, who knew.
- if there is a manual choke available, USE IT. This is apparently not recommended for Webers DCOEs due to it being too crude, but my Dellortos LOVE it. Pull cable, turn key, VROOM! No pedal required. The 2000 rpm idle is fun too .
- if there is an obvious leak (say, at the acc pump jet covers that keeps the diaphragm from priming the system), FIX THEM IMMEDIATELY. They work MUCH better with new gaskets (ghetto O-rings from a local auto parts store) keeping the gas in.
I gotta tell ya, after being a die-hard EFI/Standalone guy for 10 years, these things are really showing me what I don't know about cars, and I like it. Very eye-opening, and I haven't even gotten to the road tuning yet. The appeal of never having to have a laptop in the car is .
Modified by B4S at 9:09 AM 7-3-2008