Unsolved Problems & Issues with Homelite Consumer Products MightyLite Handheld Gas Blower with Quicker, Easier Starting
Homelite Consumer Products MightyLite Handheld Gas Blower with Quicker, Easier Starting Solved Problems
The parts inside the carburetor need to be replaced (gasket and diaphragm kit) and/or the L and H screws need to be adjusted on the carb. Try grasping and turning the L mixture screw on the carburetor (one closest to engine) about 1/8 to 1/4 of a turn counterclockwise.
There should at least be a metal guard on the muffler. If there was any kind of pad, it probably would have to be made of asbestos (a highly banned material) to withstand the high heat. I don't know if the exhaust is the culprit here of is the muffler itself has contacted the user. Maybe the muffler has been removed (for carbon removal) and reinstalled incorrectly, thus the exhaust trail is contacting the user. See if the muffler has the small cover on it removed where the exhaust comes out. If this cover is missing, a new muffler with the correct cover on it is recommended.
This is somewhat common in the the "zip start" machines. The recoil pulley is 2 plastic housings with a round coil spring between them. It is designed to need less effort to pull and start the machine. When pulled on with great effort/frustration, the middle spring bends and damages the upper housing. The only semi-permanent solution is to replace the pulley assembly. The part is relatively cheap thru Homelite.com. If you can do it yourself, go for it. A repair shop will most likely charge you $20 to $40 in labor to do this.
The bulb repair kit can be purchased a home depot or lowes, or whatever is close to your home. These can be replaced fairly easy. It is usually prongs on the backside that hold the bulb in. After pressing these the bulb will come out of the housing and disconnect the tubing from the bulb. It a good idea to replace tubing when doing this, the tubing is rotted or dried out and eventually cracks. Keep in mind where the tubing goes. One will feed from the gas tank and the other will feed the carb.