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Fuel prime

A good trick to get fuel to a carb from a fuel tank quicker than just cranking is to use a rag and compressed air. Put blow gun in to fuel tank and cover with a rag (back splash) slightly blow air into tank while cranking and will result in faster prime. Works good on mowers and vehicles.

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I have Reddy Heater 155 Pro. I fired up yesterday for the first time in months. I put in fuel, but this morning It sparks to fire, but will not light. but it appears to have fuel blowing out. It will not fire up?


This morning I had an identical problem with a new heater, the culprit ended up being the fuel tank had water down inside it. Condensation causes this when you store them. I ended up draining it in to a five gallon bucket and then watched the water separate and go to the bottom of the bucket. Needless to say cleaning out the tank was real fun, after draining it I stuffed rags down in the tank to **** up the water, siphoned off the fuel from the water with an electric pump and filled the heater up now it is working fine. Remove the top cover and check the burning tray over real good, I would clean the flame sensor with windex and soft terry cloth rag. Then pull some preventative maintenance, locate the nozzle, remove it, nwo they say that you can not clean these but I say with a q-tip, carb cleaner,and a tooth pick you can with out damaging the nozzle. Directly behind the nozzle is a screen clean this as well, now put it back together. Inspect all fuel lines for holes, dry rot and cracks, if all is good move on to the side cover where the fuel line goes thru to the fuel tank. Remove it and locate the fuel line and filter, remove the filter and clean with compressed air and a blow gun, blowing air backwards thru the filter, instantly clean. Now put it back together and inspect lines again. On the back of the fuel pump is a foam filter for air intake remove it and clean with dish soap and water, be sure to dry really good then put it back and button your heater back up. Now you are ready for testing and happy heating.

Dec 23, 2010 | Reddy R155D Utility Heater

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been sitting for a while, filled with fuel, turn on runs for 5-10 secs then shuts off and light blinks ?? model 3ve51


You need to pull a little maintenance on this unit. Locate and remove the burner tray, on the tray you will find a flame sensor, this detects flame and permits the unit to run. These collect carbon deposits, dirt and the occasional insect seeking shelter. So clean it with windex and a soft terry cloth rag. Next is the fuel nozzle, find it , remove it, and they say you can not clean these but I say q-tips, tooth pick and carb cleaner will do the trick just be careful not to damage the nozzle. Directly behind the nozzle is a screen these like to corrode durring storage, so clean it good too. Put assembly back together and inspect all fuel lines for holes, leaks,or dry rotten conditions. Now inspect fuel lines to the filter, if an in line filter (small plastic filter) clean with compressed air and blow gun, blow air backwards thru the filter instantly cleaned. If a large oil type filter replace it with a new one and do not forget to fill the filter before putting it on.Make sure that your fuel is clean and no water has developed in it from condensation, if water is present drain fuel and clean out the tank put new fuel in and it should now work for you. Happy heating

Dec 22, 2010 | Dayton (4LX41) Heater

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heater runs for 30 sec then shuts off blows smoke and gives e-1 error code


I am not to sure of the trouble codes on Mr.Heater but this is usually a fuel related problem. My routine maintenance is remove top half of heater and clean fuel system from nozzle back to the tank.Remove nozzle,clean the screen behind the nozzle they corrode over the summer sometimes inspect the nozzle for corrosion or damage. Inspect lines back to pump then to filter. The filter can be cleaned out with compressed air and a blow gun blowing air thru the filter backwards. Now check the fuel line to the tank and make sure it is submerged in the fuel. Before putting the top on locate the fire sensor and give it a quick cleaning with windex and soft terry cloth rag. Put your heater back together and check air filter to pump clean it and fire away. This works 90 percent of the time. Good luck!

Dec 20, 2010 | Mr. Heater MH175KT Open Flame Utility

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I have a 2005 superglide efi that hasn't been cranked for 10 months,I charged the battery and put fresh gas in it.It want crank it's not getting fuel.You can spray fuel in the intake throat and it will crank.Would the filter or sock be stopped or gummed up and what to do?


You are due for a fuel system cleaning. With the bike sitting, you have gotten plaque build up in the lines, and the carb. Start by removing the lines and soaking in carb cleaner then blow out with compressed air. An even better idea would be to replace the lines because the plaque could loosen and make it to a jet. You will need to replace the inline filter and make sure the screen in your tank is clean and free of debris. The carb will likely need to be removed, taken apart and soaked in carb cleaner as well. It will need to be blown out with compressed air...especially the jets. Be careful not to blow out needle seats unless you have replacements, which would be a good idea as well. Replace the gasket that goes from the carb to the intake to eliminate the possibility of pulling air there. Good Luck! I hope you find this very helpful!

Nov 19, 2009 | 2005 Harley Davidson FXD - FXDI Dyna Super...

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My almost new Honda GCV 160 engine will not start.


Hi , I think you need someone to remind you these engins are not made by god and they work by obeying three simple rules ,
1.Spark , Can you see a very good blue spark
2.compression,,can you feel strong compression ,
3.fuel , is the right amount of fuel getting in , is the air mixture good ,

Now try these things

Find the manual and PROPPER set the gap in the spark plug ,
clean and check the air filter ,
remove all fuel and replace with brand new,
check the fuel filter,even in the tank tap?
undo the screw at the carb bowl , can you see petrol leaking ,

If everything checks out then try this to get it started,,

spray "easystart" in the carb , bypassing the air filter ,
if it wants to start but cant for long then its a carb problem
check float hight , float needle,jets and pins ,too much air getting in

find someone thats good on motorbikes , They like me know all the tricks to get things to start ,



Aug 16, 2009 | Karcher 2500 PSI Pressure Washer

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