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Homelite yard broom starts a clicking noise then power loss. Power may come back for short bursts and clicking ceases during these times.

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Sounds like the piston rod assembly is failing and needs to be replaced.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012

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I had this same problem with a Homelite leaf blower. To take Dolfoff's solution a step further I would like to add the following.

It was not the blower fan, but rather the flywheel which contains the magnet for the magneto which was loose. The flywheel has a cast in place key which is soft aluminum, this key was worn away completely on my unit.

I carefully re-installed the flywheel using Loctite® 660™ Quick Metal® Retaining Compound. Extreme care must be taken to assure that the flywheel is correctly oriented on the output shaft to establish correct ignition timing.

After reassembling, the blower runs fine now.

Posted on Nov 25, 2009

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Suspect the blower fan is loose on the crankshaft.
Open the housing on the fan side and check mounting nut. If this is the case, remove the nut, apply one or two drops of Loctite-Thread-Locker (in the blue package) to the crankshaft threads and reinstall the nut.
Hope this helps.

Posted on Oct 04, 2009

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