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4 cycle snowblower wont start

I left gasoline on tank over the summer without stabilizer , now starts only if i add some starting fluid on spark plug chamber , but only runs for a few seconds , already changed gas and added stabilizer , installed new spark plug and still wont run , can anybody please help me



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Clean the carb's insides. It's probably gooped up with gummy gas. I like B-12 Chem Tool. Its a spray cleaner from Auto Zone about $4. Others kinds are ok but this is good stuff.

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Time to Winterize your lawn equipment.

Fall is here and now is the time to winterize your lawn equipment. <br /> <br /> If you plan on using your equipment into the winter, then this is the time to stabilize and winterize your fuel. If you have any fuel left over from the summer, use it up now and get fresh fuel for the winter. Gasoline starts to "oxidize" in as little as 60 days. So take the older, stale fuel and use it up. Mix it with the good gas in your car if you have very much left over.<br /> <br /> To winterize your fuel, start with fresh gasoline. Buy fresh gas from a station that sells alot of fuel, that way you are getting the freshest fuel possible. Add a stabilizer to the gasoline. I use "Sta-bil" brand, but you can use any brand of stabilizer that is local to you. Read the directions on the bottle and mix it with the gasoline. Fill the tank on your equipment and allow it to run for about 5 minutes. This will make sure the stabilized fuel is in all sections of the engine that have gasoline. Top off the tank and then store you equipment in a dry area. When spring comes around, you will be ready to use your equipment.<br /> <br /> If you are still using your equipment, prep your fuel as above and make sure to top off the tank after each use. A full gas tank is less likely to absorb water from the humidity in the air.<br /> <br /> This is also a good time to check the air filter.<br /> <br /> We'll change the oil and sharpen the blade in the Spring.<br /> <br /> Good Luck!

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Why doesn't it start?

Try spraying carb cleaner inside the carburetor. Left over gas will clog the tiny ports inside the carburetor. Next time either add stabilizer in your gas tank or run it dry until next season. Good luck!

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Husqvarna riding mower turns over, yet, won't start. The tank is half full of fuel and it still won't start.

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Wont start has spark , new fuel, new oil.

Is the spark plug black?
It won't run well with a carbonized plug.

Is the main jet in the carb plugged?
If the plug is dry after trying to start it.....your fuel is not getting into the engine and most likely a plugged carb jet..
Also.....Is the fuel switch it in run position?

If the generator has sat for a while with fuel left in the carb/fuel tank.......the most common problem is a plugged varnished dirty carburetor in need of a good cleaning.
Always shut the fuel off and let the carb run dry (run until the engine stops)before storing.
Add fuel stabilizer to any remaining fuel or drain the tank before storing.

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My poulan chain saw sat for about 2 yrs with gas in it. I emptied the tank, put new gas in it along with a carburator cleaner but it will not start. lost the manual for it and don,t know which position to...

Empty out the gas and replace with proper gasoline mixed with oil in the proper proportion. Always use a good quality 2-cycle oil that contains a fuel stabilizer.
To start the generic chainsaw, follow these steps:
1. Pull the choke all the way out
2. Press the fuel bulb serveral times to prime the carb - you can feel when the fuel flows into it.
3. Set the lock on the trigger to full speed.
4. Now, pull the starter rope until the saw sounds like it tried to start.
5. Press the choke in to the 1/2 way position.
6. Pull the rope until it starts.
7. Release the trigger lock and push the choke all the way in.

If starting it when it is warn, skip steps 1 and 4.
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In the future, always add fuel stabilizer or oil with a stabilizer to you gas/oil mix. This prevents the varnishing caused by aging gasoline.

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