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Snow Blower dying out after running?

Bought it in January 2011 worked well until this time. Will run on choke but when I slide the lever to run will die out as if fuel or air is being cut off? I opened, took and cleaned carburetor apart and seems to be still relatively new. Tried adjusting the idle screw but very sensitive will back-fire if opened wide and just runs on choke but again will die out after a while. Is it a good idea just to buy the whole carburetor assembly and replacing it or do I need to open the filter for possible clogging causing to be cut off after awhile? Please advise, I bought one in 2003 and never gave me this problem before, looks like the part is made in China and of poor quality, please advise I am about to write the Better Business Bureau about this, for the price I paid should have gotten another brand instead.

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I've noticed the Echos are cold-blooded and a decent warm-up time is required. You indicate the fuel mixture has to be somewhat rich to keep the engine running. This indicates the needle jets need tweaking to acquire the proper mix (if applicable) or else the fuel pump diaghram is not functioning properly and needs replacement according to the symptoms.
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it may be the idle jet is plugged there is a needle and seet on most of them. have you tried half choke sometimes the will clear on their own

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A complete replacement carburetor will just buy you another set of parts identical to the ones you already have. Nothing is worn out.

You should be able to clean the carburetor inside with SPRAY carburetor & fuel injector cleaner, after opening it up. Spray the cleaner through the jet and every passage you can find. Be careful about your eyes - some passages lead back toward your face, and carburetor cleaner is NO good for your eyes!

When it's clean, examine it to be absolutely sure everything's assembled correctly, especially the float valve ("needle and seat"). Put it back together and reinstall it on the engine.

Put a little FRESH gasoline (NEVER use old gasoline in an engine!) in the tank.

Now take off the fuel line (from the carburetor) and make sure fuel drains from it freely. Put it back on immediately and loosen the bowl. Fuel should also drain from the bowl freely.

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