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My weed eater 500 series mower is not getting gas. It runs if I pump the primer but stalls after that gas is burned. Why am I not getting gas?

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First possibility: The in-tank filter may be clogged...The fuel line running into the tank ends at a small canister bulb, basically a cage made of screens to filter debris that builds up in every tank...as the filter clogs, only manually pumping the fuel with draw enough to feed the engine.

Make a small hook on the end of a piece of wire ( 8" of coat hanger) and reach into the empty tank to gently pull the filter to the fuel port for removal and cleaning.
* Don't smoke! An empty tank is just as explosive, if not more so, as a full one.
** The inner line is a bit short, and will disappear back inside after removing the filter (and it's a pain to get back), so pinch or loose-wrap the wire onto the line to keep it outside until you're ready to replace the filter.

Second possibility: The problem could just as well be a lack of air as fuel...pull the air filter cover and filter, but replace the bolt a few threads to keep it in place.

After cleaning the tank filter, and refilling the tank, add a few drops (about a teaspoon) of gas into the throat and give it a pull or two.
Once it warms up, shut it off so that you can clean and replace the air filter and button it down.

*** Adding a tsp of Marvel Mystery oil to the tank will finish cleaning the lines and ports...I love the stuff; Works better than most, and it's the best deal in fuel system cleaners.


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