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Fuel not getting through the carburator

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  • James Thompsom May 11, 2010

    How do you know the fuel is not getting through the carb?

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    Have you dissambled and clean carb?



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Take off the fuel filler cap. On some this is the fuel tank vent.

If the vent is blocked the petrol flow will be suspended by the vacuum.

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This can happen if there was fuel left in the carburettor for a few months. The fuel forms a gel in the jets which can block the fuel getting through. You could try the following procedure which might help get it going.

  • Remove the sparkplug.
  • Pour about 5ml (or 1 teaspoonful) of fuel into the opening, where the sparkplug came out of.
  • Dip the end of the spark plug in fuel so the spark gap gets wet and replace the plug and HT lead.
Try to start the generator. The fuel that you poured in should ignite. This might be enough to get the engine running. You may have to repeat the procedure 2 to 3 times. Don't be tempted to pour too much fuel in as it will cause the engine to flood.

If the jets are blocked in the carburettor this might be enough to **** the fuel through but if not you'll need to get a mechanic to strip down the carburettor and clean the jets.

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