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Old 18 Mar 2008, 02:53 pm
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Cool 1988 Accord LX idles high then stalls

I have a 1988 Honda Accord LX carburated California emmissions A20A1 engine that I just replaced the cylinder head on. After putting the upper end of the engine back together and starting it for the 1st time, the car will idle at about 3,000 rpms, then the rpms will drop down as the choke opens. When the engine warms up and the choke plate is fully open, the car idles down to nothing and stalls out. If I keep tapping the accelerator pedal I can keep the car running. When I tap the accelerator pedal sometimes the rpms will jump up around 3,000 again then it will try to stall out after a few seconds. I set the accelerator cable back a few turns and the car would stay running at about 2,000 rpm for a few minutes, only to stall out again. I bought a clear fuel filter for the carb so I could see if there was gas getting to the carb and the filter never even approaches being empty so I assume the pump is good. Altho I do need to pump the pedal twice to get it to fire over everytime it stalls. I replaced all the carb mounting gaskets and most of the vacuum lines. I even sprayed carb cleaner around the carb base and vacuum line cluster to see if it would change the idle but it didn't seem to do anything. I even drained the gas tank and refilled it with super unleaded because the car has been sitting since May 2003. I'm currently at a loss for where to go next and any help anyone could provide would be graciously appreciated. Have a great day and thanks in advance for the help
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