The float in the carburetor regulates the amount of fuel or gasoline which resides in the reservoir. The reservoir of the carburetor is where the fuel is sucked into the intake manifold. A bad or sticking carburetor float causes engine problems. Watch for certain signs and symptoms if you suspect the carburetor float is sticking.

Engine Won’t Idle

One of the signs that the carburetor float is sticking is when the engine will not idle. The float is not letting enough fuel into the reservoir, allowing for a constant idle of the engine. The carburetor float is stuck in the closed position, and only a small amount of fuel is seeping into the reservoir.

Flooded Carburetor

A flooded carburetor is another symptom that the carburetor float is sticking. The float is stuck in the open position, allowing fuel to run freely into the reservoir and then into the intake manifold.