VW Carburetor Repair Kit - 28 PICT to 34 PICT-3
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If you're on the fence about whether you should rebuild your original carburetor or purchase a reproduction, I recommend conducting a quick experiment. Start your car, let it idle for a few minutes, grab some starting fluid, lightly spray the area around the throttle shaft on the carburetor, and listen for a change in RPM. If you hear a change after spraying the area, it's probably time to consider picking up a new carb. That change in RPM is due to flammable gases being sucked into the intake through the leak and being burned by the engine. Please keep in mind that starting fluid is mostly ether, which is extremely flammable. It is dangerous to spray a volatile fluid near any hot surfaces, such as the exhaust or at electrical components, particularly the distributor that is sparking hundreds of times a minute. We recommend having a fire extinguisher on hand to prevent harm to yourself or the vehicle.
Solex carburetors usually get retired because there is a vacuum leak between the throttle shaft and the bushing, which makes it difficult, if not impossible, to properly tune the carburetor. Unfortunately, most people do not have the tools or skill required to replace those bushings and there is no reliable way to plug the leak, so the best option is usually to replace the carburetor with a new unit rather than have it rebuilt professionally. We've seen customers charged up to $300 to have their Solex rebuilt with new throttle shaft bushings, and we've found it's often more cost efficient to purchase a good reproduction instead.
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