Snowblower starts, but seems to run a little rough. Forgot to run stabilizer through it at end of last season. Drained old gas out, put in fresh gas, added a little carb cleaner. It will run for about 5 minutes and then quit. Do not put it under load, let it sit there at full throttle. Then it just quits. Seems to be starving for fuel. Let it sit for another 5 min. restart it , runs again and does the same as described above.
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A lot depends on what part of the country you are in and if you have cool season or warm season turf. Cool seasons are fescue, bluegrass, perennial rye, etc. Warm seasons are bermuda, zoysia, centipede, St. Augustine, just to name a few.
If its cool season turf, you could heavily aerify, fertilize, and re-seed right now. Hope for rain through the summer, or use irrigation of you have it. For my area, early fall is the best time for seeding cool season grasses. If it was only Roundup you should have no lingering effects from its application.
If its warm season turf, it may not actually be completely dead, especially if the application wasn't done properly. Your lawn may just be sick. It actually can take a lot of chemicals to permanently damage most warm season turf. If thats what you have, some water and fertilzer may improve the appearance. Beyond that, sprigging or sodding may be your only option, since not many warm seasons are available by seed.
Time will help both situations, especially the latter.
You may have to take out the carb and get it cleaned / air-blown out. Looks like some little valve is stuck. Also make sure you are getting enough sparks at the plug tip. If you have left it long in a damp place it may take several pulls on the cord for the engine to fire-up and run. Try spraying some WD-40 into the cylinder through the plug-hole. Then pull the cord again. After a few pulls remove the plug again, and put like a spoonful of clean 10/30W engine oil into the cylinder, and keep pulling the cord until you see some smokes at the exhaust. If the engine fires up and run a few minutes, but stops later. The engine might be out due to incorrect oil/fuel misture.
Take the strainer at the end of the hose on the tank off. Throughly clean it. I used an old tooth brush, then ran hot water through it several times. Also drained the tank and flushed it out 3-4 times with fresh water, then ran fresh water through the pump for several minutes
EASY FIX! Hold the sprayer lower than the tank and run
it until it sprays. You're done. They seem to lose prime, it usually happens to me when I run it completely out and/or first use (almost year round
for us). Mine works
fine every time I do this. If that doesn't work, check the filter on the end of the hose in the tank, blow compressed air through it - NOT BY MOUTH!! Also check for any leaks/pinholes/kinks in the hose - they will **** air instead of solution! I've had mine for 3 seasons in Phoenix and love it! I've n never had any of the other problems I listed personally. Handle the liquids like you handle gas for your lawn mower, etc: 1) Don't let any dirt to get in the solution. 2) Wash the system before storage ESPECIALLY AT END OF SEASON by spraying clean water through It for a couple of minutes or so and rinsing the tank. STORE INSIDE FOR THE WINTER if it freezes, it may trash it. Leaving anything stronger than Roundup (TM) in it for more than a week or so may eventually damage the plastics and/or seize the pump too.
if old gas was left in the tank and not flushed it makes the carb stick and won't allow the proper gas flow to the motor...I would first test the plug by verifying it has spark..if it does what i do at times is quickly spray some quick start in the plug chamber and reinsert the plug and try to restart...this at times will get the spark going and allow the motor to start.....you can also try to spary some in the carb before starting...just a squirt or two....the best thing to do is actually clean out the carb as it is likely the issue.....hope this helps