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No fuel to cylinder

Cleaned and dried gas tank, removed and cleaned carb bowl and brass bolt. Bowl fills, bolt is clear, engine fires with starter fluid but does not seem to get gas. What next? rebuild carb? or am I missing something.

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The fuel flows throuth tiny holes in the brass bolt which serves as the metering device or "jet", the fuel flows up through the hollow center of the bolt where it mixes with air and is sucked into the intake manifold, through the intake valve and into the engine. I suspect the brass bolt's tiny hols are plugged or partially plugged.

Posted on May 27, 2010

Testimonial: "The jet/bolt was cleaned and the jet was clear, turned out to be a faulty carb body and a loose key to the magneto. Good info, though."

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