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Floats perform an important function in maintaining the correct level of fuel in the float bowl by opening and closing an internal inlet valve. If the float develops a leak, it will sink below its ideal level and excess fuel will enter the bowl. This causes the engine to run rich and probably causes leakage of gasoline out of the carburetor, increasing the risk of engine fires. In a carburetor rebuild be certain to examine the old float for damage or corrosion. You can also test your float for leakage to determine if it needs to be replaced. Repairing old floats is difficult, especially in light of the need to avoid increasing the weight of the float with the addition of solder. Adding weight changes the floatation characteristics of the float.
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Float Problems and Their Diagnosis:
With brass floats, the floating “pontoon” is typically constructed of at least two brass sections soldered together along a seam. Then a tiny hole used to equalize internal and external temperatures is soldered shut to complete the assembly process. Since all of these points are submerged in gasoline during engine operation, leakage problems can later occur at any place that was soldered. Repairing these floats is quite challenging and replacement is usually preferred unless the float is no longer available.
If your engine is the least bit hard starting after it has warmed up, or if your exhaust has a rich gasoline odor, you probably have carburetor problems, and a bad float is one of the possibilities. Other symptoms include poor gas mileage and, of course, if the engine is flooding.