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Re: sputters out????

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Subject: Re: sputters out????
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Mon, 2 Aug 1999 14:41:09 -0700
Don't you mean the clutch would "disengage" when you depressed the pedal, 
and then slowly "engage" even as the pedal was still depressed (classic 
symptom of a leaky cylinder)? The term "clutch slip" refers to a 
situation where applying the throttle in gear with the clutch engaged 
(i.e. pedal up) results in the engine revving but no commensurate 
increase in vehicle speed, usually due to a worn out clutch lining. This 
does not seem relevant to your situation.

Semantic quibbles aside, are you hearing the fuel pump ticking away when 
you start the engine? Can you see any gas in the gas filter (assuming you 
have a transparent-bodied one located in the engine compartment)? If the 
car has been sitting for some time the gas could be pretty yucky, you may 
have a clogged line at the pump or a clogged filter. Try removing the 
filter and cranking the engine (with a jug positioned to catch the gas 
flow, of course) to see if you are actually getting fuel at the carb.

Good luck.

Scott/Michelle had this to say:

>OK MG Gurus, 
>second question: I have gotton my B to run, and she ran idle, that
>is until I test drove her, now she sputters out after about ten to fifteen
>seconds, could this be a carb adjustment problem? I have only had her on the
>road for a few seconds, and found that the clutch was slipping, it would
>engage, but it would slowly disengage, even as the pedal was still
>depressed, so I have the master and slave repalcements on the way. but what
>is with this sputter, I know the car has gas, and it starts up fine....but
>then after being in gear a short time....she dies on me, almost as if she
>was being starved of gas The carb is a single ZS, and I have rebuilt it
>recently, the car would turn over and run fine before...but as soon as the
>wheels got back on (after a long wait for a brake adjuster), this new
>problem set in. Now even at idle she will only run a short time, and
>then...put put put.....blah.
>Scott Rexford
>75B, hope to be running to the beach ASAP!


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the red one with the silver bootlid.

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