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Coleman Powermate 5000 starts with starter fluid, but leaks gas into the air filter. Checked the float, it has no holes, and is not jammed. Fuel will go into the carburetor, but no fuel will reach the spark plug. Replaced plug, can fire it up with starting fluid, but can not get it to stay on with its own gas. Help?

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Sounds like you need to clean the carb ports, lines, jets, etc... purchase a carb spray cleaner with a tube to place on the spray head (Berryman's Chemtool B-12 is awesome). Take the carb loose from the generator, and remove the bowl, needle valve and spray carb cleaner thru all the holes, lines in the carb. Reinstall complete with air cleaner and retry... also if the gas is old, drain and replace with new...

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