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Engine Problems My snowmobile wont start and i cant get it to go no mater how long i pull on it. i think i need some starter fluid or gas to put down the carberator to make it go what should i do?

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  • Anonymous Dec 11, 2008

    when i pull i get a spark out of the spark plugs. i also poured some gasoline down the carbs and it seemed to help i can get it to start for about 5 seconds then it dies on me. im guessing that one of my gas lines are frozen so i may have to go to the store and get some heat. what do u think is wrong with it. It ran last year really good.

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    I HAVE SPARK ON THE SPARK PLUG AND I SPRAYEED SOME STARTING FLUID INTO THE CARB BUT I CANNOT SEEM TO GET IT TO FIRE. IT HAS A STARTER AND I TRIED JUMPING IT BUT STILL NO LUCK

  • Mel Jacobson
    Mel Jacobson May 11, 2010

    You'll have to describe what happens when u try and crank it

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Sounds like your not getting gas into the carb........ probably a pluged line or filter. Your on the right track

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