Question about McCulloch Garden
It runs good until you put it in neutral and it quits after about 1 minute.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Sorry, I should of asked for the symptoms. IE was it doing this before? Would it start? Will it rev up to full speed? Check your air gap between the magnito (coil) and the flywheel. A cover of a note pad or a piece of cardboard from a pack of cigarettes will get you the correct air gap. Place it between the flywheel magnets and the magnito arms then tighten your magnito down into place. If this does not do it, it time for a new magnito. What is happening is thier is a hairline crack in the circuit board in the magnito and when it gets hot it seperatates the connection and no spark.
Posted on Mar 31, 2009
The tube in the bottom of the carb. is probably clogged. Remove the carb, and bowl and try spraying WD-40 through the tube, it should spray into the venturi if it doesn't try using a tip cleaner to unclog the tube.
Posted on Apr 16, 2009
On some mowers...if the gas cap vent is not working properly, it will run fine for about 15 or 20 minutes, start spitting and sputtering, if you loosen the cap, and let air back into the tank it starts running normally again.
Posted on Apr 16, 2009
You cannot flood the engine by pushing the primer bulb too much, unless the hoses are hooked up backwards. The primer does not push gas to the carb, it sucks gas through the carb and returns it to the tank. Top barb on primer is the hose coming from the return side of the carb and the bottom fitting is the hose going to the return fitting on the tank. Look inside tank, it is the one without the filter on it, just a flange with a hole in the center.
If you can see gas and air bubbles moving through the primer and into the tank the hoses are on correctly. If you see bubbles going in the correct direction and then reversing when you remove your finger from the bulb, then the check valves in the primer may be bad. Replace primer.
When you say the primer "gets hard to mash", do you mean it is hard to push in or is it very slow to refill and return to the home position? If it is hard to push in and the bulb is full of gas and the hoses are on correctly then there must be a plug in the line going to the tank or the vent in the gas cap is not working. If it does not return, then it is most likely a plugged filter, plugged line from the tank to the carb, plugged screen inside the carb or a stuck needle valve. The primer is creating a slight vacuum to pull the gas through the carb, which is what the carb does when the engine is running. If there is a full or partial restiction on the supply circuit neither the primer nor the carb can pull enough gas for the engine to run. May need to disassemble carb and clean out any varnish, gunk or plugged ports/jets. Use spray carb cleaner. May want to think about a diaphagm and gasket kit if you do it yourself. If you do not feel confident in taking apart the carb, then take to a repair shop.
Posted on May 23, 2009
This is without question the most common problem for this type
product. The reason the unit shuts off is that the carburetor can
not deliver the proper amount of gas for the amount of air that the
engine needs. If the carburetor is less than two years old you
might just need a carburetor adjustment but because of
environmental regulations, the government does not want you to
adjust your carburetor. To adjust current carburetors you will
need to have an authorized servicing dealer remove the limiters on
the carburetor or you will need a special tool to make the
adjustments. If your carburetor is more than two years old you will
most likely need to clean and rebuild the carburetor. The
carburetor has two functions in supplying fuel to the engine.
There is a fuel pump side of the carburetor which takes a pulse of
air from the engine to supply a small amount of fuel to compensate
for the extra demand when you pull the trigger. The other side of
the carburetor is the metering side.
This side meters the fuel for the high speed needs of the engine.
When an engine starts and goes dead it is because the engine is
getting just enough fuel to start but not enough to keep the engine
running. The cause of a lack of fuel can be many things. It can be
a clogged fuel filter, it can be a crimped fuel line or a cracked fuel
line allowing the fuel system to **** air. Inside the carburetor it
can be hard or stretched diaphragms, a clogged inlet screen or a
build up of trash and varnish in the carburetor. To properly
rebuild a carburetor you need to remove the carburetor and
purchase the correct kit for the rebuild. disassemble the
carburetor carefully making notes where each parts go. Once you
have the carburetor disassembled clean it by soaking it in
carburetor cleaner for a few hours. Use canned aerosol
automotive carb spray cleaner to fill a small glass jar with enough
cleaner to submerge the carburetor. Use a jar with a metal lid so
you can gently agitate the solution occasionally to make the
process more effective. You need to allow the carburetor to soak
as long as it needs to remove all visible deposits. After the
carburetor is cleaned allow it to dry and reassemble. The rebuild
kit will not include any mounting gaskets or intake gaskets so you
will need to purchase them separately. Hopefully this will solve
Poor quality gasoline can be the major cause this problem. I
recommend that you always use white gas if it is available in your
area. If it is not available try to find the gasoline that has the
lightest yellow color. The darker the yellow color the more sticky
varnish deposit that will be left behind. And totally avoid gasoline
that has a orange color. The darker the color the more problems it
will cause. For most of the country the only white gas available is
Amoco which is now sold as 93 octane at BP stations.
If you found rust or corrosion when you opened your carburetor,
then you probable have had water in your fuel at one time or
another. To check for water in your fuel use a crystal clear bottle
such as a soft drink bottle. Water is heavier than gasoline and the
water will go to the bottom. It is also beneficial to filter your fuel
before you put it into your machine. A cone shaped coffee filter in
a funnel is perfect for this.
Posted on Sep 15, 2009
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