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38182 toro snowthrower will not start because i think i did not add oil to gas & ran engine for a while. what did i do? how do i fix? tried to start with holding in electric start button for several minutes. engine turned over but sounded horrible. i know i probably really messed up. please help.

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  • popee8 Feb 23, 2009

    Wow! Cannot believe that just a little oil would have such dire consequences. How much $ are we talkin about? for repair? for new? Was just cleaning brothers drive while he was gone out of town. Just trying to help him out & do him a favor. No good deed goes unpunished. What do i do to make things right? Will have fixed but what will it cost? Thank you.

  • adamnorris Mar 11, 2009

    I recently ran my two-cycle Toro Powerlite with straight gas for a tank since I had no oil on hand. Once it ran out of gas, the engine wouldn't restart. When I brought to the dealer, he said that in this type of engine, without oil, it wears out the "rings" around the piston. Therefore since the seal is now worn down, I have no compression in the gas engine, so it won't run again. They do not fix or rebuild on two-cycle engines so he pointed out it's a paperweight now. Same mistake, whod'a know. Oops. I'll make sure to have gas for my snowblower, weed wacker and hedge clippers going forward. Wow.

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I USED TO WORK AT A HARDWARE STORE AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ALWAYS HAD TROUBLE WITH 2 CYCLE ANYTHINGS(GAS & OIL MIX).IF IT IS AN ELECTRIC START MAKE A FRESH MIX OF GAS AND OIL TO SPECS BUT USE A LITTLE MORE OIL THAN INSTRUCTED(THIS WILL NOT HURT THE ENGINE).ADD THE GAS AND OIL MIX TO TANK. PUT CHOKE TO FULL, PRIME IT 5 OR 6 TIMES PLUG IN THE ELECTRIC START AND PRESS THE BUTTON AND HOLD IT DOWN 'TIL YOU HEAR THE ENGINE START TO REVOLVE.THIS MAKE TAKE A FEW TIMES BUT IT WORKED FOR ME.YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BEING THAT THE ENGINE MAYBE SEIZED ANYWAY. GOOD LUCK !!

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