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I am getting fire and fuel but after 20 or so pulls it will crank and run for about 2 minutes. What can I do to fix it?

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Does the primer bulb pump fuel into the bulb quickly (3 or 4 pumps)? Check the fuel filter, air filter and muffler for plugging. Is the fuel fresh and properly mixed with a modern synthetic oil at 50:1 ratio? When it quits, remove the spark plug and test for blue, snappy spark. If it looks weak, try anew plug first (gapped at 0.020"), then remove the left side cover to expose the flywheel and the ignition module. Turn the flywheel magnets under the poles of the module, insert a thin business card into the gap, loosen the module screws and allow it to contact the magnets. Re-tighten the screws and rotate the flywheel to roll out the card. Turn the flywheel one full turn to make sure the gap doesn't close up. Test again for spark. If much better, replace the cover and pour a little fuel mix into the plug hole. Replace the plug and pull through--it should pop several times (and maybe even run correctly). If it at least pops, then concentrate on the fuel system. Check the fuel lines for rot or damage. Make sure the carburetor fasteners are tight. If still having problems, disassemble the carburetor and clean it with spray carburetor cleaner. Check the lower diaphragm for hardness or cracking. Have the jet screws been adjusted? Hope some of this helps!

Posted on Jul 02, 2010

  • dsdennis58 Dec 29, 2010

    My Poulan is a 2250. After start up, in a minute, it starts pulling down like it is running out of fuel, When I crack open the gas cap it takes off again. The flapper check inside the gas cap is opening when spraying through it with carb cleaner. How else do you check the cap????

  • drallim Dec 29, 2010

    This question should have been entered as a fresh inquiry, not appended to someone else. Try a fresh fuel cap is my answer.

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