Poor response to throttle advancement

Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:19 pm

When I move the throttle lever up the quadrant, the engine rpms don't increase until I am about midway. Is there an adjustment that I can make in order to make the engine more responsive to the throttle lever? Thanks! Findoggy

Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:24 pm

Check your governor linkage for slop or binding. The governor may be dirty too. Check the owner's manual for proper governor set-up.

Thu Dec 30, 2004 10:36 pm

Bigdog, Thanks for the input, I'll have a look at it

Fri Dec 31, 2004 11:56 am

I have the same problem on my '67.

What I found was that the spring between the throttle lever linkage and the governor is slack for the first 1/3 to 1/2 of the throttle travel. I'm presuming this is not normal, and either I have the wrong spring or it's stretched out. Both the M and 400 aren't like this.

Take a look under the hood at the front of the engine while a friend moves the throttle lever.

Fri Dec 31, 2004 12:08 pm

Wear elongating the holes the spring hooks to contributes to this too. Wear in the holes the throttle rod attaches adds to the problem. In truth i have found that even with part of the throttle trave doing nothing I still have enough travel to reach Max speed.

Bill