My 2005 Mazda RX 8 won't start- it may be flooded?
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Yes, you sure CAN flood fuel injected cars. And the Rotary engine is prone to this due to its design.
A rotary can flood if you do a "cold shutdown" of the motor. This is where you start the motor and either stall it or stop it in the very early seconds just after starting. Really efficient fuel burn requires the temperature of the motor to be higher than you see after the first few seconds.
In a Rotary unburnt fuel pools in the bottom of the rotor housing. This drastically thins the oil sealing between the apex seal and the housing. Because of this you lose compression which makes it difficult to start the vehicle. Also, the spark plugs get soaked in fuel making it difficult for them to produce a good spark.
The RX8 manual recommends pushing the gas pedal to the floor (which signals the fuel system to supply no fuel at start-up) and crank the motor for upwards of a minute. This tries to force unburnt fuel out the exhaust port. Then let the engine sit for a minute or so and try starting again.
If this doesn't work you can pull the plugs and dry them off and inject a bit of engine oil through the spark plug holes and try again.
Or. get the car towed to a Mazda dealership.
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