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Homelite trimmer dies every time I squeeze the handle

It will run until I squeeze the handle to use it i have the same problem. it is a homelite that is about 3 years old. it will start but when i pull the trigger it dies. i also can't put it wide open on the choke or it dies.

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  • rbfe4ch47 May 29, 2009

    i have cleaned it and have also cleaned the carb. thanks for the response back.

  • rbfe4ch47 May 29, 2009

    it will run when at half idle and if i squeeze the trigger at half it will slowly run up. but when i close the choke it dies. exhaust doesn't seem any different than before. i didn't touch the screws, the only reason i pulled it off to clean was to fix the problems hopefully. i cleaned the exhaust port as well. put it all back together with some hope and it still did the same thing. at wits end now.

  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    I would try adjusting the air/fuel mixture screw -- even tho you didin't touch it, taking the carb off could have created a need for adjustment.

  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    Well, this is a classic not getting enough air or fuel issue.

    Does it run long enough to detect any difference in the color of the smoke versus the color it was when it ran well?

    Did you change the air/fuel ratio screw setting while you were working on the carburetor?

    Did you clean the carb because of this symptom or was it just routine maintenance.

  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    Have you cleaned the air filter lately?



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This can also be (just did this too with my Zip Start):

1. Nasty Carb (loose screws or just funky)
2. Leaks (be they Air or Fuel Gaskets!)
3. Funky Exhaust Port
4. Fuel (check it ALL, lines, filter, tank)
5. Fuel CAP (believe it or not, they ARE vented for a reason, to PREVENT Vapor Lock)
6. The Spark Plug (if it is weak, she will act like that on the High Side, sometimes, even when Idling nicely! Double check your Plug Seat as well, where the Plug meets the Cylinder Head, if it is funky bad, clean it up, a good ground is a must!)

Remember that on a 2-Stroke, Spark Plugs take a hell of a beating on heat, or getting over-fueled (which they do, when carbs are unmaintained). And UNLIKE 4-Strokes....they have to burn OIL too! (Foul faster)

Fuel -> Fuel Filter-> Fuel Line-> Carb->

Splits here into TWO paths:

1. Fuel Bulb-> Fuel Line (Return Line)-> Fuel Tank
2. Fuel Bulb-> Carb-> Intake Port-> Piston-> Exhaust Port-> Exhaust Port Screen

Magneto-> Rotor Magnets (for Spark Plug, AKA- Ignition)->Spark Plug Wire->Spark Plug->Cylinder Head
Kill Switch (grounds all the above to the cylinder)

Running: (Carb, etc.)
Throttle Cable (super simple)
Carb Butterflies
Carb Seats, Carb Gaskets (air leaks/fuel leaks)
Needle Seat (Fuel Flow, Gummed UP!)
Any and ALL Fuel/Air Ports in the Carb.

Fixes: CLEAN THE CARB. I don't mean spray some WD-40 on it and call it "clean". Tear it ALL the way down (CAREFULLY!), and put her back together. Use some compressed air and Gum-Out.

NOTE: "Gasket Kits" are NOT a fix EXCEPT for leaky GASKETS!
They do NOT fix 99% of the problems: Spark Plug or Dirty Carb!
They will NOT fix "Operator Error" either!

NOTE: If it requires fuel (or a mix), it will invariably get gummed up, and nasty. Carbs are about the #1 reason ANY small engine fails, and ONLY second to people who
("Operator Error")

NOTE on Carbs: If it worked brand new without an adjusted carb (factory settings), it does NOT need adjusted now. What it needs to be is CLEANED, and put back into service. E.G.- MAINTAINED!

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try to adjust the air intake??

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