Friday, August 28, 2015
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Lost & Found


VideoStill missing long hair chihuahua. Near 3rd and 97 please if you see her she is very missed. Call jeri 409-781-3191

Videofound in eagle creek with a collar no tags. very friendly non aggressive. call if he is yours 210-844-1951. clean and healthy

VideoLost Shih Tzu male-Golden Brown from CR 320 in Floresville If you have any information please call 210-452-1829 or 832-292-3305
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

*Fair Housing notice. All help wanted advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise "any preference limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference limitation or discrimination." This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for help wanted ads, which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis.
Manager for rental properties in Stockdale, must be assertive and have experience in the JP Court process, part-time/PRN. 830-299-0640, leave name/number.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.

Agriculture Today


Carburetors need love, too




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
Jeff Deines
On the Road to Forever
August 31, 2011 | 2,879 views | Post a comment

Over the years, I’ve had plenty of calls for a carburetor rebuild to get a car or piece of equipment to work like it is supposed to. Most of the time these carbs just get dirty and need a good cleaning.

Carburetors have tiny internal orifices and restricted openings that can clog up over time and it can be difficult to properly clean them. If the carb isn’t completely clean upon reassembly, often times new replacement gaskets and plungers, or just cleaning what can be seen on the outside won’t alleviate the problem.

Depending on the level of crud in the particular carb in question, sometimes a shot of carb cleaner may do the trick, or soaking it in denatured alcohol for several hours -- but for the hard-core clean, the unit must be soaked in a carb vat. These vats are relatively simple -- a small one is made from a gallon bucket full of a chemical solution with a basket for submersing parts. Bigger vats use 5-gallon buckets and they get bigger depending on the needs of the shop.

Once the carb is removed from the engine, the carburetor is disassembled and all the non-plastic and rubber parts are placed into the basket for an overnight soak. These vats work incredibly well; some even have a system in place to circulate the chemicals for better cleaning action. When the parts are removed from the vat, they are immaculate inside and out and ready for reassembly.

Since all manufacturers of cars have gone to fuel injection since the early ’90s, there are only a small percentage of vehicles on the road today that still use a carburetor -- but almost all small engines still do. Lawn mowers, generators, pressure washers, dirt bikes, go-carts, and grass trimmers almost all use carburetors.

Some of those engines used for power equipment and recreation aren’t used for months at a time -- which exacerbates the problem. Gas has a tendency to “go bad” after a period of time, and if left in the carb can cause it to become gummed up and clogged. Add to this the complete and total epic failure that is ethanol-mixed gasoline, and you can see why most shops and a few shade tree home mechanics need a vat.

Since these ethanol gas mixes have been forced upon us a few years back, shops are seeing a highly accelerated level of carburetion issues that sometimes even the vat can’t fix -- and those carbs are having to be replaced instead of rebuilt at a substantial expense. Ethanol is such a disaster on so many levels that I can’t even begin to go there -- definitely a topic for another column.
 

Your Opinions and Comments


Be the first to comment on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

Agriculture Today Archives


Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Beef Cattle Management seminar (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Cotton root rot and its symptoms (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Feral hogs, water workshop (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Get acquainted with 4-H event (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Harvey places in top 20 (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hay & Forage Report (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Mobile app for hunting regs (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Registration for cattle conference (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Survey deadline (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Turkey fed to improve Texas grasslands (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Wilson County 4-H Council, Booster meetings, Sept. 2 (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Anthrax confirmed in equine in Uvalde County (August 19, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Deer association: Environmental group deceives deer industry, wildlife community (August 19, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Don’t miss your shot! Apply for drawn hunts (August 19, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Feral hog management workshop is Sept. 4 (August 19, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hay & Forage Report (August 19, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (August 19, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Prospects bright for dove season (August 19, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Saving tomatoes from the Texas heat (August 19, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Siblings make rodeo memories (August 19, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Report (August 19, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Chagas disease in South Central Texas (August 12, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Eastern equine encephalitis cases reported in Texas (August 12, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hay & Forage Report (August 12, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Leaf-dropping is common (August 12, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (August 12, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. New, stronger El Niño may bring another wet winter (August 12, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Pieniazek elected president of ag education leadership (August 12, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. EPA ‘muddies’ Clean Water Act (August 5, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hay & Forage Report (August 5, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. It’s a ‘banner’ summer for Payton! (August 5, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Lantanas losing luster; mosquitoes a bother (August 5, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (August 5, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Meuths receive Bronze Merit Award (August 5, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Shoot to benefit Don Newbury (August 5, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Report (August 5, 2015)
August 2015 Gardening Calendar (August 1, 2015)
Coupons ag-right
Heavenly Touch homeAllstate & McBride RealtyVoncille Bielefeld homeTriple R DC Expertsauto chooserDrama Kids

  Copyright © 2007-2015 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.