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Someone put oil only in fuel tank. Best way to clean it out? Now won't run smoothly with new fuel

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  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    Am I correct that there is supposed to be oil in the fuel -- this is a 2 cycle leaf blower engine, correct? Did someone put too much oil in the gasoline, or only oil with no gas, or something else?

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TRY TAKING OFF TANK AND FLUSHING WITH SIMPLE GREEN. CARB IS PROBABLY CLOGGED SO I DON'T KNOW IF CARB CLEANER CAN FLUSH OIL OUT. A REBUILD KIT IS ONLY 10-12 DOLLARS AND REALLY EASY. JUST DISSASSEMBLE CARB,PAY CLOSE ATTN AND BUY A CAN CARB CLEANER IN THE CAN AND FLUSH OUT EVERY HOLE IN CARB,WEAR SAFETY GLASSES AND DON'T TURN MIXTURE SCREWS. KIT COMERS WITH NEW GASKETS,BUY A PRIMER BULB WHEN YOU GET TO SMALL ENGINE SHOP OR OR GOOD LAWN MOWER SUPPLY SHOP. YOU WILL HAVE TO TAKE CARB THERE WITH YOU ALSO. I DID THREE ALREADY FOR BAD FUEL,REALLY EASY,JUST ATTN TO DETAIL. OH,REMOVED PLUG SPRAY OFF AND SCREUB OIL OFF AND GET A LIGHTER AND HEAT OFF GUNK OFF ELECTRODE. GOOD LUCK!

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