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Gas It gets part but it wont start unless I put starter fluid in the carburetor not sure how to adjust

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Don't adjust. If it ran once before there is never a reason to adjust a carburetor. Take it off and clean it, it's gummed up with the evils of Ethanol Gas

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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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SOURCE: Generator with Briggs & Stratton,no gas is getting in carburetor

I've had many small engines that did similar. Carb problem. Clean it, same problem. I usually end up buying an oem carb on ebay when it comes up cheap. Read up on do's and dont's of small engines and gasoline. If you have a carb problem, if your going to rebuild it, everything must be new. do the whole thing. If it doesnt work, buy a new one. same price as a good repair shop to do it and you get new. don't put crappy ethanol gas in any small motor and let it sit. the ethanol causes varnish, eats at the plastic in the hose, and plastics in the tank... if you change the carb, or get the mower going again....You must take the tank off, wash out with soap and water, (clean the shutoff valve or filter screens if any in there) blow out with airgun. take the gas hose to carb off and throw it in the garbage.. go to auto store and buy 1 foot of hose.. very cheap. now put it back together and you have a nice system ! Ask boaters where the non ethanol gas stations are. they'll usually have a pump off to the side. With any gas, say your storing any motor with gas in the tank, put sta-bil regular one in. not much. since one medium size bottle with the auto measure 1 oz. thing on top can treat a whole cars gas tank... (or 1oz /per 5 gallons for cleaning). after putting it in, run the motor a little to get that stabil gas in there, then store it for a year with no problem. any gas in a can, I would dump out, wash with soap and water, blow out, and use non ethanol gas, treat if its sitting in there for a few months or more without being refreshed. Also there is "Old Gas." cheap gas stations buy older gas off the market by auction. A quality engine doesnt need this either. good fresh gas, treated if stagnant. Shell, Texaco etc are good. -----common problem i see is running sputtering, i usually just pull the bowl off the bottom of carb, unscrew main jet, and i'll be amazed if theres not some small piece of dirt in there. look through it with a light behind it.. you'll see the dirt if its in there.

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I have a model 306A poulan chainsaw will not start. It will fire with starting fluid. I am not sure how to adjust the air fuel mixture screws properly can you help?

I'm guessing that its not the screws. The screws are typically set at 1 1/2 turns out for initial setting. More likely that the carburetor needs a rebuild. The carburetor on a small 2 stroke has a fuel pump within. If it goes bad it wont run. The other thing you can check is the fuel line inside the carburetor. Many times when the fuel line gets old it cracks and the carburetor just pulls in air. Open the fuel tank, dump out the gas and look at the fuel line. Make sure the filter is still attached.

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My power-washer suffers from same problem after sitting idle.

After paying for a new carburetor, I discovered how important it is to drain the gas if washer is going to sit idle.

Another time, we had a problem with the screen covering exhaust outlet. Deposits from the engine + dirt clogged the screen. Although it's not the solution for everybody, we broke the screen open with a screwdriver and the machine ran fine after that.

Small gas engines require 3 things. Compression, spark, and fuel. Take out spark plug. Put finger over spark plug hole and pull cord or push starter. Do you feel suction? If yes, then you have compression.

If machine will not turn over at all, then your motor might have run out of oil. Power washer needs oil in 2 places. It needs oil for the engine just like a lawn mower. Oil plugs are located low on each side of engine. It doesn't hurt to change oil, but do NOT NOT turn small engine upside down or oil will get into carburetor which requires removal and cleaning. I learned that the hard way.

The power washer also needs oil for the pump head. This is the box attached to front of engine. Usually 10W20 non-detergent is a good choice. Oil is usually about half way up inside pump head.

Now hook spark-wire back to spark plug. Hold spark plug in hand. Touch threads of spark plug to metal spark plug opening. Now pull cord or push starter. Do you see sparking in the spark plug gap? If yes, then you have spark. Put new spark plug in anyway. If no, then you need parts from small engine repair service.

Spark plug is in. Take off air filter so you have access to carburetor air intake. Put fresh gas in tank. Use starter spray or WD-40 as a starting accelerant. Set your choke to start engine. Spray starter fluid into carburetor opening and pull cord or push starter. The engine should fire up on the starter fluid. If engine doesn't fire, then try setting choke in different positions. If engine doesn't fire up then carburetor is suspect.

If engine fires but dies, keep spraying starter fluid into carburetor to see if you can keep it going that way ... and then move choke in different positions ... you might need extra hands for that maneuver.

If machine turns on, but dies when filter is put back, then filter might be clogged. Time for a new filter anyway.

Finally check the fuel filter and fuel line below the gas tank. It usually has a hex head bolt. Loosen bolt and see if fuel is able to fall out of tank. Loosen rubber fuel line at both ends and see if fuel is flowing. This will tell you if fuel can get to carburetor.

Usually these measures get the thing going or tell you if professional service is needed.

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It should now start so long as the starter is working properly and it was in running condition before it sat.

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5. Be sure that your battery cables are corrosion free where they slide over the battery terminals and that the connections are tight.

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