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Re: rapid fouling cause?

To: MG Nuts <>
Subject: Re: rapid fouling cause?
From: Skye Poier <>
Date: Mon, 20 May 2002 13:33:04 -0700
Yikes, I would do a little more troubleshooting before tearing into the
engine.  I think a stuck-open float bowl valve could cause that, no?
Do a compression test.


Word on the street is Telewest PH" said:
> Can't see how a head gasket could cause all four plugs to foul equally.
> Sounds more like a very rich mixture, i.e. from a stuck choke?  But then
> blue smoke signifies oil burning.  All rings stuck?  (unlikely).  Blocked
> engine breathing system pulling too much oil throuigh the carbs?
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ken Swaggart" <>
> To: "MG Sig" <>
> Sent: Saturday, May 18, 2002 2:51 AM
> Subject: rapid fouling cause?
> > After about 10 minutes driving around  the engine started running rougher
> and rougher as it
> > warmed up, and finally stalled. After about half an hour cooling it
> finally
> > restarted and I was able to get home just before it quit again. The first
> > thing I checked were the plugs - all four were severly fouled. After
> > changing the plugs they promptly fouled again (black soot) after about
> 5-10
> > minutes. Quite a bit a blue smoke before stalling.
> >
> > At first I thought I might have contaminated fuel since this was the first
> > drive after the fuel tank replacement, but that should have nothing to do
> > with temperature.  Now I'm thinking the cylinder head gasket has failed
> due
> > to age (10 years) and/or lack of use this past winter.
> >
> > So... what's the consensus? Remove the cylinder head and replace the
> gasket,
> > or is this a symptom of something more serious?

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