With the tune-up component done, now it was time to get back to the flooded engine issue. Removing the fuel pump fuse to avoid dumping more fuel into the engine, I turned the engine over for 5 to 10 seconds. Then gave starter a breather before turning it over again. Then I was back out of the car and one at a time removed all four spark plugs, again using compressed air to attempt to clean out the combustion chamber.
Putting everything all back together, fuel pump fuse inserted, I was ready for my car to fire right up. Factory procedures are to have the gas pedal to the floor while attempting to start a flooded rotary. So I did that but nothing. Then I tried my normal process of not touching the gas pedal. Nothing. Then I let it turn over longer than 5 to 10 seconds and it kicked over. Then nothing. Feeling that bit of life, I waited a couple of minutes. Why? I am not sure, maybe anticipation. Foot off of the gas. Clutch in. Rolled it over and, after about 20 seconds, with a billow of smoke my RX-8 was alive and well again.
A twenty minute ride, during which I stopped twice on hills and shut it off just to be sure it would start again (it’s a manual, if there was an issue the lengthy hills I was on should fix that). And start it did. A few runs up to 9000 RPM and my RX-8 is good to go again. It really is a great car and, while it is not as awesome looking as the last RX-7’s were, it is a great looking car. A perfect commuter with all of the creature comforts needed. Proper maintenance and a few quirky starting and shut-down habits and you will be driving for years!
Over the years of Time Attack and racing, I have learned my way around brakes and servicing them. In fact, I have gotten to the point that I do not like anyone else working on my brakes as I want to know everything about them. Here I am inspecting and cleaning autocross pads that I purchased a few years back from Danny Puskar – obviously a lot of life left still. This year Danny and his brother Chris opened G-LOC Brakes and not only do I support them, from the day their doors opened I've been their Canadian dealer. These pads are built with a ceramic, carbon, kevlar, and semi-metalic compounds that are rotor friendly. From street compound through a wide range of track compounds, G-LOC Brakes have you covered. There is no question, if you have properly functioning brakes then you will have peace of mind driving and the opportunity to have fun with your car. You will be able to stop when required!