The Mazda RX8 is a great performance car for a relatively low cost. Rather than your conventional engine, the RX8 has a rotary engine and as you may know, rotary engines can suffer from flooding relatively easily. Once you have a flooded RX8, it can seem impossible to start, but in the article below I will show you how to start a flooded RX8 Mazda without the huge mechanic bill. Learn everything you need to know about the Mazda RX8 engine in our guide.
On this occasion, the flooded RX8 engine was caused by moving the car from one location on the drive to another, without letting it warm up enough.
Some Proof That It Works
Here you can see our flooded RX8 starting using this method.
Flooded Engine Fix
What you need:
- A car battery charger
- Set of high-quality jump leads or portable jump pack
- Another car to jump off
- One Phillips screwdriver
Quickly De-Flooding Your RX8
First, we are going to disconnect the power from the fuel pump and then crank the engine over to clear out some of the additional fuel that is in the engine, then we will reconnect the fuel pump and jump-start the car to get it started.
Unless you are very lucky, it is unlikely to start on the first try, and could take 10-15 iterations of this process to get it started. Make sure you leave around 30 seconds between cranking the engine over to allow the starter motor to cool down.
How To Start A Flooded Mazda RX8, Step 1 – Charge Up
How To Start A Flooded Mazda RX8, Step 2 – Remove Rear Seat
Remove the rear passenger seat by pulling the base of the seat upwards to reveal the fuel pump cover.
How To Start A Flooded Mazda RX8, Step 3 – Remove Cover
Use a Phillips screwdriver to undo the 4 screws on the cover and lift off the cover.
How To Start A Flooded Mazda RX8, Step 4 – Look At The Fuel Pump
Here you see the fuel pump and the connector that we will be disconnecting.
How To Start A Flooded Mazda RX8, Step 5 – Set Up Lump Leads
Set the car up for a jump start. I used heavy-duty jump leads as you may be cranking the car over for around 15 minutes on and off, use another powerful car for the jump start, and make sure the other car is running at the time of jumping.
If you don’t have another car you, might be able to get away with a mobile power bank. I have successfully done this a few times.
How To Start A Flooded Mazda RX8, Step 6 – Disconnect And Crank
Back in the driver’s seat, ensure the car is out of gear, and remove the fuel pump connector from the fuel pump. Once removed crank the car over with the clutch depressed for 30 seconds to clear out the excess fuel from the engine.
How To Start A Flooded Mazda RX8, Step 7 – Keep Cranking And Connect The Pump
Whilst still cranking the engine, plug the fuel pump back in, apply 1/3 throttle and continue to crank the engine with the clutch depressed for 30 seconds. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until the car starts to fire up.
When the car begins to catch, don’t let go of the key until you’re sure it will stay running. It can take many attempts to get it started. See the video below for an idea of how the process looks.
How To Start A Flooded Mazda RX8, Step 8 – Take The Car For A Run
Once running take the car on a good 20-minute run ensuring all fuel is burned off out of the exhaust properly. Fixed.
Top Trick – Get a Boost Pack
I found that I was getting a bit nervous about stalling the RX-8 whilst out and about. Without a jump car, it was impossible to get the car started again. But with a mobile jump pack, I have been able to get the car going again. It might not work in all instances, but you can crank the car over around 20-30 times with these packs for are a great help.
Mazda RX8 Motor Swap
If you are specifically interested in swapping to an LS engine, we have a detailed guide as well. Take a look and plan your new engine. After that pick the best RX8 body kit for your fully running car.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’re still curious to learn more about how to start a flooded Mazda RX8, our FAQs here might help…
How To Remove Spark Plugs Mazda RX8
The easiest way to remove the spark plugs in a Mazda RX8 is by removing the wheel. This is because due to the placement of its rotary engine, the spark plugs are mounted on the side of the motor. Therefore, getting to it from the top, as you’d usually do on most cars, can be a bit tough. So, start by removing the driver’s side wheel (if you have the LHD RX8 models or the front passenger’s side wheel for RHD cars). At the back of the wheel arch, there should be a flexible flap. Just remove this flap, and you’ll have access to removing the spark plugs. You can use a 13/16-inch socket to remove the spark plugs, as the RX8’s unique engine has two different types of plugs to remove – four in total.
How To Unflood An Engine
A flooded engine is what happens when there’s excess fuel in an engine after you’ve turned it off. Thus, wetting the spark plugs excessively. To fix this, start by cranking the engine with the accelerator pedal pushed all the way to the floor. From here, continue cranking the engine for another 10 seconds or so. Only stop once you hear that the engine is trying to start up. When the engine’s properly started and running, let it rev up for a couple of seconds. Then, keep on revving it and hold the RPMs until it’s a bit higher than its idle engine speeds for a few more seconds. After the engine is all warmed up, that should clear up the flooding in the engine, so keep on driving normally.
How To Start A Flooded Engine
One technique that you can use to start a flooded engine is by opening the hood. After all, the end goal that you want to achieve is to reset the air-to-fuel ratio. And, to try and clear out any excess fuel that’s left inside the engine. By leaving the hood open for a little while, that might give the excess fuel a chance to evaporate. Now, see if you can start the car again by cranking the ignition – but, while keeping your foot away from the accelerator pedal. If that doesn’t work, try pressing and holding the gas pedal on the floor while you try to start it. Once your car starts, let go of the gas pedal and let your car run for a few minutes to warm up and reset balance out the excess fuel.
Is Mazda RX8 A Good Car
If you’re looking for a fun and sporty (yet practical) car, the RX8 is well worth considering. It has all the dynamic chops and fun-inducing personality that you’d want in any sports car. Yet, it has four seats and ample space to fit your whole family. In all, the RX8 is certainly among the best driver’s cars out there. And, they’re quite cheap on the used market, as well. Although, there are some caveats with owning an RX8. Its fuel economy is pretty bad in comparison to most of its peers. In addition, the RX8 could be very unreliable at times… But, not if you’re diligent about maintenance. Service it well, and the RX8 is decently reliable, though it requires a lot of attention.
Does The RX8 Have A Rotary Engine
Yes, the Mazda RX8 does have a rotary engine. It was also the last Mazda to date to be featured with a rotary engine. Specifically, the RX8 came with a 1.3-liter RENESIS two-rotor Wankel rotary engine. Throughout its production lifespan, there are numerous minute iterations of this engine. Thus, it ranges in output from 189hp to 238hp in its top-most and sportiest variant. This is an engine that could easily rev up to 9,000RPM! Yet, some owners felt underwhelmed with the torque that the RENESIS engine produced. When you’re cruising at lower speeds, the torque is a bit of a let-down, according to some. Hence, it’s the reason why aftermarket turbo kits for the RX8 are so popular.
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