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My Homelite UT-20002A trimmer have a hard starting problem. I remove the muffler and cleaned the carbon in the exhaust port. I also replaced the spark plug, but still the trimmer is dificult to start.

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If you can, check to make sure there is a spark. Check the plug and notice if there is a presence of gas/oil mix on the plug or in the cylinder. Also, make sure the air filter is clean Try to make sure all bolts and screws are tight as lots of vibrations can loosen some of them.. An air leak on the engine could be causing your problems. A carburetor that is in need of a rebuild will do the same.. Finally an engine that is badly worn and has weak compression will not start, period.

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