I hadn't run the Maverick for almost two years. After changing the oil and putting in a new fuel filter (screws into the carb), I started it, and in a few moments gas was shooting out the fuel filter where the hose connects to it. I suspected that it instantly clogged up with rust/dirt particles. Replacing the filter, it ran fine. Then after a few days of driving it, the car started to idle roughly and stalled at stops. I thought the problem might have been the fuel pump (which I hadn't replaced in years). That seemed to help a little, but the problem soon returned. I rebuilt the Carter YF carb, finding very few particles, but I did find a bad pump diaphragm assembly. Fearing that there may be rust or dirt that could enter the carb--since I can't afford to pull out the tank for a complete cleaning--the only alternative I can think of is to supplement the carb fuel filter with an in-line (plastic see-through) filter connected bewteen the tube that comes from the gas tank and the fuel pump (mechanical). One professional mechanic said that this was a good idea, another told me that the two filters would hinder the flow of gas to the carb. Who's right or is there something else I can do that won't cost too much? Thank you for your help!
Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 AT 5:57 PM