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How to Identify What Carburetor I Have So I Can Order a Rebuild Kit

by Nadia Nygaard

In order to replace your carburetor for repair purposes or to order a new kit, you will need to know its list number. The list number is stamped on your carburetor, either on the corner of the airhorn or choke tower or, if it doesn't have an airhorn, on the mainbody. Remove the carburetor from your vehicle before looking for the list number to easily find the information you need.

Place your carburetor right-side up in a well-lit area. You will know if the part is right-side up if the four bolt holes protruding from the body of the carburetor are resting on the ground.

Determine who the maker of your carburetor is. Different manufacturers stamp their names on different parts of the carburetor, but the name should be easy to find. Check the fuel lines and body sides. Some common manufacturer names to look for are Holley, Edelbrock, Quadrajet, Pierberg, Weber and Hitachi.

Look at the upper front of the carburetor on the piece known as the airhorn, or choke tower. This is a rectangular part of the carburetor with rounded edges, open to the top of the part. There will be a small number stamped there. The format of the number will vary depending on the make, model and year of your car and the carburetor that fits in it.

Call your auto supply or carburetor kit retailer and read them the number to determine which kit you will need to order for replacement.

About the Author

Nadia Nygaard has been writing and editing since 2005. She is published in "Farm and Ranch Living" and has edited projects as diverse as grant proposals, medical dissertations and tenant law handbooks. She is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in English and women's studies.

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