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Poulan 17'' Gas Weedeater keeps dying!

Poulan 17'' Featherlite Gas Weedeater/Trimmer. Starts good but when you depress the throttle lever, it dies. This just started happening. Unit is about 2 yrs. old with maybe 20 hrs. on the engine.

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  • su2yak2 May 11, 2009

    Emptied of fuel over the winter. Other than cleaning the unit and making sure all liquids were gone - nothing to do. Is there supposed to be 2 hoses going into gas tank? If so, one is missing......

  • su2yak2 May 12, 2009

    Very helpful - will tackle it on Wednesday after the rains and let you know how it goes.



    Thanks!

  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    What type of maintenance have you done on it lately?



    Did it sit with fuel in it over the winter?

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    trimmer

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Hello su2yak2:

From your Description it Sounds like the Exhaust Port or Muffler is Restricted with Carbon Deposits, the Carburetor Metering Pump Actuator Gap is Incorrect.
>>The Following is a Basic Instruction File for Doing a Diagnostic on the Engine for this Problem. Any Input is Appreciated.
>>**Remove the Muffler and Make Sure the Exhaust Port is Clear.
>>If it is, then Try to Start the engine with the Muffler Off.
>>If it Starts and Runs Properly, then Clean the Spark Arrestor Screen in the Muffler or Replace the Muffler if Required.
Is the Fuel Line from the Fuel Filter Staying Full of Fuel?
The Carburetor Metering Jet Actuator is Set so the Pump Diaphram Dowl is Just Touching the Actuator Arm. These Components are Located Under the Cover with 4 Small Screws Holdong it to the Carburetor Body.
Please, Do Not Hesitate, If you Hit a Snag or this Does Not Correct the Problem, I am Here if You Require More Assistance.
Hope this Helps. Let me Know What Happens, Please. May the All Mighty Bless You and Yours. Be Safe and Be Happy. Thanks.

Good Luck

Respectfully

jbridger (John)

Posted on May 11, 2009

  • Blair May 17, 2012

    This was my problem. It runs fine without the muffler. Not just need to figure out how to unclog the screen.

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