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.

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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