Solex Carburetor: How Solex Carburetor Works in Vintage Automobiles

Solex carburetor is widely used by many top European automobiles as like Rolls-Royce, Porsche, Volkswagen, and Mercedes Benz.

In Indian automobile engineering, Fiat cars are a most popular brand due to its very easy start in cold conditions.

This easy start is obtained by Solex Carburetor. This is a downdraft type carburettor and has special provisions to supply, the richer mixture at starting of the engine.

It will weaken supply gradually till the engine reaches its normal running speed.

Solex carburettor is available in many designs and all have following work circuits,

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So, the Solex Carburetor Working Circuits are

  • Solex Carburetor Starting Circuit

The throttle valve remains in closed position during starting.

The petrol is supplied to the starter petrol jet through the first passage from the float chamber. And the air through the starter air jet for starting operation.

Starting Valve which has different sizes hole is made from a flat disc.

The position of various holes can be adjusted in front of starter petrol jet by starter lever. Then air is mixed coming from starter air jet.

This air-fuel mixture passes through another hole of starter valve, in a passage of the carburettor, below the throttle valve.

The suction stroke of the engine sucks this mixture into the cylinder.

This mixture is rich enough to start the engine. After the engine starts and speed increases, a weak mixture is required.

Hence a small hole of the starter valve is brought in front of the starter petrol jet by means of starter lever.

Thereby reducing the quantity of petrol, this weakens the air-fuel mixture.

Similarly, next smaller hole of the starter valve is brought in front of starter petrol jet till the engine attains its normal speed.

Then after the starter valve is closed by bringing the starter lever to its off position.

  • Solex Carburetor Normal Running Circuit

At normal running speed, starting circuit is closed and the throttle valve is opened.

The normal running circuit consists of the main jet which receives the petrol through the second passage.

This is done from the float chamber as the throttle valve is opened sufficiently.

The air is drawn through the venture where the petrol mixes up with it.

This forms a suitable mixture for the normal running of the engine.

In this case, only throttle valve governed the air-fuel ratio.

  • Solex Carburetor Accelerating Circuit

The engine requires an extra rich mixture, during acceleration period.

To obtain an extra rich mixture, the fuel is pumped under pressure into the main air passage.

The diaphragm pump is used to create pressure, which is actuated by a lever connected to the accelerator.

The pump sucks the petrol from the float chamber through the pump valve.

Then forces it through a third passage into the main passage through an injector above the venture of the carburettor.

  • Solex Carburetor Idling and Slow Running Circuit

During the idling operation, the throttle valve is kept closed.

While an engine receives the mixture through a port opening below the throttle valve.

Where area can be varied by an idle adjusting screw according to the need of the engine.

The petrol is supplied to a pilot petrol jet from the main jet fuel circuit through a fourth passage and the air from a pilot air jet.

The petrol and air thus supplied mix up in the idle passage.

Then go to a port situated below the throttle valve from where the mixture is sucked into an engine.

During the slow running, the engine draws the mixture from the idle passage through a hole.

This hole is situated above the throttle valve. At this stage, the throttle valve is partially opened.

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