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Cannot figure out the hose configuration from primer bulb to carb, to gas tank

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Two lines come from the tank--one with a filter that goes to the carburetor, another with no filter which goes to the output side of the primer bulb and passes pumped fuel back to the tank. Connect only the line with the filter on the end to the primer and pump it. If nothing happens, switch the line to the other port on the bulb and pump again. With fuel mix in the tank, one of these two ports should pull fuel into the bulb. When correct, put the filter-less line on the other port of the bulb. Remove the filtered line from the bulb and hook it to the upper fuel connection on the carburetor. Use another length of fuel line to connect the now open port of the bulb to the other port on the carburetor. If the connections on the carburetor are correct, fuel will fill the bulb after a few pumps. If nothing happens, reverse the two connections at the carburetor and try to pump again. You should see fuel enter the bulb with only the correct connections at the carburetor. Usually, these connections are unidentified and must be found by trial and error. This is also a good reason for replacing only one line at a time! When fuel pumps into the bulb, attempt to start--with luck, the engine will run. Once the engine runs normally, trim the line lengths so that you have no excess line, but don't have sharp bends in any line either--they will eventually kink! Hope this helps!

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