Automotive Dictionary: Accelerator Pump

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Automotive Dictionary: Accelerator Pump


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Accelerator Pump:


A pump in the carburettor which enriches the fuel/ air mixture as the accelerator is depressed. It is either piston- or diaphragm-operated. Attached to the carburettor body, it performs the specific function of negating the lean-out effect caused by sudden large throttle openings. It is activated directly off the throttle cable (or linkage) via a diaphragm arrangement and nozzle. Sudden throttle openings activate the diaphragm which forces petrol through the nozzle into the carburettor throat. On slow throttle openings, there is a bleed-by arrangement that allows the fuel to return to the pump bowl rahter than being forced through the nozzle.
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