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Gas leaking from diaphragm rod boot

Gas leaking from carburetor diaphragm rod boot

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Replace the diaphragm and the super small 0-ring at the bottom of the accelerator pump housing. Easy job, three screws after you remove the carb. You don't have to remove the cables to do this!

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Basic things to check:
1) spark plug
2) spark arrestor in muffler
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4) turn adjustment needles out (counterclockwise) 1/4 to 1/2 turn
Chain Saws:
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1) spark plug
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Chain Saws:
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