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Blower does not start takes forever to start if it does atall

Only 2 to 3 years old and has always been hard if not impossible to start

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  • lbrac Mar 22, 2017

    EPA regulations require a lean fuel:air ratio to meet emission standards. Lean mixtures causes engines to be more temperamental when starting and operating. Mixture adjustments on the carburetor, if any, commonly require special tools to fit the mixture screws.

    The procedure I use with cold 2-cycle engines is to prime the carburetor if it has a bulb type primer. If it doesn't have a primer, it might require more pulling of the starter to get the carburetor pump to pull enough fuel into the carburetor before it will fire. Without choking it, pull it over several times. This helps to avoid flooding the engine if it already has enough fuel in the engine to start. If the engine is hot from being used recently, it might not need to be choked, and choking it can cause it to flood when the engine is hot.

    If it doesn't start without the choke, then I choke it and pull it over 2-4 times to get it to fire, but it likely will not run very long with the choke on even if it does start. I then turn the choke off and pull it over to see if it will start. Partially opening the throttle while pulling the starter sometimes helps.

    If the engine gets flooded, try holding the throttle open while pulling the starter. If it will not start, try removing the spark plug and wait before cranking it over to allow some of the fuel to evaporate before replacing the spark plug. Try to start it again without choking it, and hold the throttle open. If it does start, the throttle may need to be held open, at least partially, until excess fuel can be consumed.

    These type of engines can be a real problem to start and operate. And any carburetor mixture adjustments, if any, are made hard to reach or require special tools to fit the mixture screws. Before I look to the fuel delivery system as the reason the engine doesn't start, I check to see if there is a spark at the spark plug after I take it out. There is probably another Q&A about checking for a spark, so I will not try to address that here.

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Try starting fluid a few times. chekc spark filter etc

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1) Fuel? Check the fuel and see if it's low, watery or just not there. The best thing to do if this is the first run of the season is to drain it and start fresh! Also do this with you seasonal gas can as it can carry water and contaminants too.

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3) If the plug IS wet after trying to start it try getting a new plug and make sure the air filter isnt fuel saturated. Remove the air filter cover and filter just to make sure it isnt flooding the blower while you are trying to start it. When this happens the carb can spit loads of fuel out and foul the spark plug. Once fouled a spark plug is virtually impossible to fix. So keep a new plug around for just such an occasion.

4) If you have a clean, fresh plug you can check for spark by taking the old plug out, replacing it with the new plug, and while holding it against something metal on the motor have someone pull the handle a couple times. Be careful since the spark is high voltage and you dont want to get shocked! Keeping the plug grounded and wear heavy gloves should help prevent this.

If you dont see spark you have either a coil issue or a switch issue. The switch is just a ground wire to the coil so disconnecting it and rechecking for spark can rule out a bad switch. If the motor still has no spark after removing switch you probably have a bad coil These are sometimes deep inside the unit and having them replaced is almost always too cost prohibitive. *(follow the 100 dollar rule on this again.)

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