How to Start a Flooded Mazda RX8

by Darla Ferrara
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The rotary engine of a Mazda RX8 tends to saturate easily if the car turns off before the engine warms. Flooding the cylinders by injecting excessive fuel into the combustion chamber causes the fuel/air ratio to become disproportionate. When this happens, ignition cannot occur, and the engine cannot start. Dealing with this quirky problem in your Mazda RX8 can be frustrating; often steps taken to try to start a flooded car will only aggravate the issue.

Step 1

Depress and hold the accelerator pedal and crank the engine for eight seconds. This will clear out any fuel that has flooded the combustion chamber.

Step 2

Release the accelerator pedal and start the engine. It is not necessary to press the pedal again. The engine should start without adding more fuel.

Step 3

Let the car sit and run for several seconds. There maybe some smoke; allow it to clear. Do not press on the accelerator pedal again until you are ready to take off.

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