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1987 dodge dakota pickup

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Join Date: May 2002
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04-10-05, 08:14 PM   #1  
1987 dodge dakota pickup

i have a 1987 dodge dakota 2wd automatic trans. with a 3.9 v6, 2bbl carb. every morning when i try to start the engine it will turn over but won't start. if i spray starting fluid in the carb. it will start and after a few minutes of warming up it will run. the exaust smells real rich. i know it is probably the choke but how do i diagnose it and go from there. also the carb. had a kit put in it about a year and a half ago.
thanks, gary

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Join Date: Oct 2000
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04-12-05, 06:23 AM   #2  
I had a similar problem with my 85 Omni 2.2l, 2bbl. When stone cold, there was no fuel going from the carburator. Throttle operation did not produce the squirt of fluid that you normally get before starting. I used to keep a can of gas in the car to prime the carburator when it acted up. I never did solve this intermittent problem. Warm restart was never a problem.

Perhaps the float valve is stuck or for some reason the fuel boils off in the carburator... or the fuel filter is clogged.

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