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Vapor Lock
Vapor Lock
A condition in which air enters the fuel system and it may be difficult, or impossible, to restart the engine. Vapor lock may occur as a result of running a fuel tank completely dry, allowing air to enter the fuel system. On fuel-injected engines, the fuel may become so hot it vaporizes in the fuel line, not allowing fuel to reach the cylinders.
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source: FAA Airplane Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-3A)

A condition in which vapors form in the fuel lines and block the flow of fuel to the carburetor.
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source: FAA Aviation Maintenance Technician Airframe Handbook (FAA-H-8083-31)

A condition of fuel starvation that can occur in a reciprocating engine fuel system. If the fuel in the line between the tank and carburetor is heated enough for the fuel to vaporize, a bubble will form in the line. If the vapor pressure of the bubble is high enough, it will block the fuel and keep it from flowing to the engine.
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source: FAA Aviation Maintenance Technician Powerplant Handbook (FAA-H-8083-32)

A problem that mostly affects gasoline-fuelled internal combustion engines. It occurs when the liquid fuel changes state from liquid to gas while still in the fuel delivery system. This disrupts the operation of the fuel pump, causing loss of feed pressure to the carburetor or fuel injection system, resulting in transient loss of power or complete stalling. Restarting the engine from this state may be difficult. The fuel can vaporise due to being heated by the engine, by the local climate, or due to a lower boiling point at high altitude.
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source: FAA Weight Shift Control Handbook (FAA-H-8083-5)


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