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Have a Poulan Pro mower that won't start. When pressing primer gas is squirted into carb, but won't start. Tried starting fluid and it stsrts and runs for a couple seconds.

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  • falinie May 24, 2009

    it is a new mower, I prime it and it will start but shuts off after a few seconds.

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these carb /air filter housing gaskets were notorious for warping? there are 2 screws behind the air cleaner remove those and disconnect the throttle cable pull the black square housing off and replace the gasket with a rubber one from local mower shop?

Posted on Aug 28, 2009

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Check air filter, replace if needed.
Check engine oil level and condition. Add/change as needed.
Check spark plug. Clean and re-gap if needed (.030 gap)
Drain the fuel and replace with fresh premium grade gasoline. If your local station has a notice on the pump regarding Ethanol content, drive to another station!

Most owner's manuals specify 89 octane or higher and most warranties become void if E85 fuel is used.

And finally, Oxygenated fuels are not your mower's best friend. :-)

Hope this helps.

Posted on Oct 05, 2009

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Hi less4yourlea..

Remove your spark plug and check to be sure you are getting fire at the spark plug, if you are then:
Check your fuel filter if you have one, normally they are located in the fuel tank.
Also make sure you are using fresh fuel...and oil mix if your using a two cycle mower or weedeater with the oil to the right mixture and not too much oil as it can cause hard starting.
If the mower/weedeater is over a year old, then I recommend that you buy and install a new carburetor repair kit,because the diaphragm will get hard and that will cause it to be hard to crank.
Sounds like you will need to clean the carburetor or replace your carburetor internal rubber parts like the diaphgram and O rings.
Be sure to use compressed air to blow out all the fuel and air passages.
Be careful when blowing out the passages, because there are sometimes small rubber type seats in the bottom of some of the passages.
Sometimes you can get by with priming the carburetor or using starting fluid and letting it run a few times like that and it will flush the gunk out of the jets,but most of the time you will need to rebuild the carburetor.
Keep in mind that the float for the carburetor must be level when you go to reassemble the carburetor or follow the instrucitons you get with the carburetor kit.
When you clean your carburetor and remove the jet screws, you will first need to lightly seat the jet screws.
But before you lightly seat the jet screws count the number of turns it takes to seat the jet screws from their original position.
Be sure to mark the turns down on a piece of paper.
That way when you put the jets back in, you know to lightly seat them first and then turn them back out to their orginal position before you started.
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Posted on May 07, 2011

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Hi Sean,

Sounds like dirt in the carb.
Shut the gas off, or drain the tank, remove the carb bowl. There is a Jet in the stem of the carb where the fuel bowl screw was. you can blow air from a compressor up thru that and clean it out. also, clean out the screw that held the carb bowl on, there should be a couple small holes in it. Usually that will fix the problem, if not, then the carb would need to be taken off and rebuilt.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011

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