The carburetor regulates the flow of fuel and air to an engine. Many modern vehicles have eliminated carburetors in favor of direct fuel injection controlled by a computer. Older vehicles with carburetors require maintenance and cleaning to keep fuel and air flowing correctly. Popping noises from a carburetor indicate a form of backfire.
Fuel To Air Mixture Is Too Lean
Too much air and not enough fuel causes backfires to occur in the intake manifold. The exploding mixture then vents through the carburetor. Improper carburetor adjustments or vacuum leaks can cause this condition.