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Stale Fuel in gas tank

Fuel left in gas tank for a long period of time caused gumming up of
carburator and possibly gas line. Generator will start, but runs very rough and will only stay running on half choke. Any possible fixes to remedy this problem?

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Go to any auto parts store and get one of the products they have to remove the gum in the carburator and line. Some of the products are simply poured into the gas tank along with some fresh gas. good luck.

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