CARTER MODEL "RXO" USED ON SERIES "V" CHEVROLET
This model is standard equipment on the Superior
Chevrolet Series "K
and V" cars. It is a multiple jet, plain tube type of carburetor
with only one adjustment, which is for idling or low speed.
Principle of Operation
The jets in base of multiple jet nozzle feed gasoline to carburetor
well and nozzle chamber.
A combination of gasoline and air is drawn into nozzle chamber
through the jets on side of nozzle, forming a fine spray which
is carried by the stand pipe to venturi, or main air passage, where
it is absorbed by incoming air forming mixture on which engine
Jets on side of nozzle come into operation in direct proportion
to throttle position. The further the throttle is opened, the more
jets are in operation. At wide open throttle all jets are working
and engine is getting maximum supply.
Maximum economy is obtained at 20 miles per hour and minimum at
wide open throttle.
Low-speed jet assembly supplies gasoline to engine at idle engine
speed and up to approximately 15 miles per hour, gasoline flowing
through a drilled passage connecting low speed jet chamber with
At idle, gasoline is drawn through low speed jet and idling port
at edge of throttle valve.
Idle adjustment screw regulates amount of air entering this port.
Backing out adjusting screw admits more air and consequently makes
idling mixture leaner.
Dirt may sometimes get into the jets and cause engine to run unevenly
or to spit and back fire.
This dirt may often be drawn out through jets by closing choker
and opening throttle wide when car is running 25 to 30 miles per
hour. Hold choker closed about 2 seconds, then open choker, also
open and close throttle until engine fires evenly.
If dirt cannot be removed in this way, carburetor should be taken
apart and cleaned (see also next page).
If it should become necessary to remove jets, make certain that
proper size screwdriver is used so as not to destroy slot. In view
of the fact that jets are made of brass great care should be taken
when cleaning not to increase size of drilled holes which regulate
amount of gas supplied engine. When replacing jets, care must be
taken that they are screwed in tight against their seats so that
gasoline passes through proper drilled holes and not around the
A choke valve is provided for use in starting and warming up engine.
This valve is operated by a knob on instrument board.
To start, turn on switch, open throttle slightly, and press starter
pedal. At the same time, pull choker knob clear out, pushing it
back part way as soon as engine fires. It should then be pushed
in gradually as engine warms up until, when thoroughly warm, knob
is in as far as possible.
Adjustment of Carter "RXO"
As previously stated, model "RXO" has but one single
adjustment which is the low-speed, or idling adjustment.
Idling adjustment: Refer to Fig. 1, and set the idle adjustment
screw from one to one and one-half turns from its closed position,
at which point the engine should run evenly without loading or
If not, and further adjustment is necessary, turning the idle adjustment
screw to the right or clock-wise will give a richer mixture, and,
turning this screw counter-clockwise or to the left will give a
The idling speed of the engine is regulated by the throttle lever
adjusting screw shown in Fig. 1.
This screw acts as a stop for the throttle lever and prevents the
throttle valve from closing too tight, thus causing the engine
to stop when the accelerator is released.
IDLE ADJUSTMENT SCREW
STRAINER CAP SCREW GASKET
STRAINER CAP STRAINER GAUZE STRAINER CAP GASKET
NEEDLE SEAT GASOLINE INTAKE NEEDLE/ FLOAT LEVER LIP FLOAT LEVER
Fig. 1. Internal views of the Carter model "RXO" carburetor
with one adjustment for lower idling speed (no high-speed adjustment).
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