I bought a Husky 383 for cheap knowing that the previous owner had put the wrong mix in the tank and it won't start. The store quoted me $400 to fix the problem, but I'm told there are cheaper ways of dealing with the problem. One friend suggested flushing out everything with break cleaner and seeing whether that would work. Any other ideas? I appreciate the help. Thank you!
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Re: Wrong gas in the tank
I certainly would not suggest putting break cleaner in any fuel system...
I take it that since the engine is not seized that there was too much oil in the mixture.
you can rinse your fuel system with a small amount of straight gasoline...take out the spark plug and pull it a few times to allow the gas to get into your carb then dump the gas out and pull it a few more times...you can take a little straight gas and pour it into the plug hole to remove any oil build up in your cylinder...then pour it back out...then
Buy and install a new spark plug...mix a small amount of gas/oil at the proper mixture and give it a go...if you dont have serious engine damage, you should be ok..
if it still doesnt start, repeat the procedure
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It uses Hi test gasoline. NOT regular. You'll be having hard start problems if you use regular grade fuel. The engine is a 2 stroke which means you MUST mix oil into the gasoline before you put it in the blower gas tank. The proper 2 cycle oil can be had at any home improvement store or garden departments in places like Walmart. Do not use automotive oil or you will have a huge amount of smoke when you run the blower. You can get an owners manual by going on Homelite's website too.
You will need to drain the fuel tank and lines, to get rid of the wrong fuel mix. Remove the spark plug clean and dry it. Rotate the engine several times with the plug out, to get rid of some of the wrong fuel mix. Install plug, fill fuel tank with the right fuel mix and start using normal procedures. If it does not want to start, remove the plug and put a teaspoon of straight gas in the cylinder. Install spark plug and try to start unit. You may have to remove the plug more than once and put gas in the cylinder.
I don't believe that Husky (Home Depot) makes any 3000psi pressure washer that operates with a 2 Cycle motor. So.... gas only in the gas tank. Husky pumps can be from several differant manufacturers... some use no oil, some are sealed and don't recommend any attempt at oil changes, and some use Non-detergent 30w oil and some use 20-50 Full Synthetic oil. You can look up your specific model specifcations with a google search for Husky pressure washer.
inside the carb there is a small screen. it is probably dirty. also the diaphragm may be stiff. go ahead and rebuild it. the kits are cheap and it should run like a new one. there are videos on you tube that show how to do this.
Hi If you remove the fuel you believe to be the mixture out of the fuel tank and refuel with the correct mixture then remove the air filter. Put a few drops of the correct mixture in to the intake it should start. it may take a few times of repetting putting the fuel in to the intake, but eventually it will clean out the bad fuel and run good.Remember to replace the air filter!
Since it's not running right I'm assuming the lawn mower is a 2-stroke and the gas had pre-mix in it. It probably just got a strong mix of the pre-mix in the lines and just has to be cleared out. We run some of the old pre-mixed gas from our dirt bikes in our trucks to get rid of it. I put a gallon or so per tank refill of good gas. You may try and rev it up a bit when starting to keep it going long enough to flush it out with the new gas you put in, that or start it a few times till it's clean. An octane booster or fuel injector cleaner might help also. If the lawn mower gas wasn't pre-mix it may just be old and possibly have some water in it.