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I can't find any manual for my tecumseh engine. I have to use starting fluid to get it started, and have to keep the choke closed to keep it runing.\r\nPlease help?????????

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You will blow the engine eventually with starter fluid get yor carb cleaned it is dirty or put seafoam or small engine tuneup in it

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I installed new carb. on my tecumseh 5hp. snow king and it wont start. I have spark and gas is flowing out of carb.


This can be very frustrating and tough on the back and arm.
Always confirm the the fuel tank valve is open and the stop/run switch is in run position

It takes three things to run:
  1. Compression. This is the resistance that you feel as you crank the engine. Some engines have compression release to assist getting the rotation started. You should be able to feel the compression stroke as you rotate, Remove the plug and you can easily tell the deference. If it had, last time used, been running and starting with no problem I would assume that the compression is OK. Gauges are available to check. at lease 120 PSI
  2. Spark. It is near impossible to lose the spark timing on these. It can only be magnitude and presence. If in doubt about the condition of spark plug replace. I usually lay the plug on top of the head with wire attached and observe for the spark. No spark no start.
  3. Confirm that the throttle is in the wide open position. It is possible during the repair the spring or rod has closed the throttle air valve. Air/fuel mixture is always hard to trouble shoot. I use open choke and starter fluid to conform that compression and spark are working. After that I will choke on a cold motor and pull listening for the first fire. At the first fire I would usually half choke and pull to first run. Full choke for many pulls will only flood engine!! If no joy then I would allow engine to vent and go back to start fluid. If it will run on start fluid than either carburetor is messed up or quality of fuel is bad.
If after several tries and fuel is certain to be good remove plug and check for gas. It is possible that the new carb float valve or mixture adjustment screws are messed up.

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Engine starts but won't continue to run. Choke doesn't stay closed after starting. will stay running only if I hold choke closed manually.


let it warm up with choke closed manually after it starts to stall with choke closed open it and dont let it stall u can learn to play with the choke a little to get it to run right GOOD LUCK!

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Engine starts fine but lacks power until it warms up for 2 to 5 minutes. Carb is ok, replaced head gasket. Just started doing this


If it starts at completely cold to fine tune the high jet adjustment.first off the high speed jet should be initially set at 1 1/2 turns out from lightly bottomed all the way in. next when you do your prestart routine,choke all the way on,primer pumped two times,throttle set at the high speed position,ignition key on,fuel line turned on.(this is my prestartup for my 8hp tecumseh)yours may be slightly different.use whatever starts your machine the easiest! once my machine starts up i can almost immediately turn the choke completely off. i can do that because the high speed jet is opened enough or rich enough for the engine to run.if you adjust the high speed in it will lean the motor out(you found that to be true!) to where it will miss and backfire and eventually quit. start at 1 1/2 turns out and start the engine,once the engine starts if you take the choke off right away use what it does as a guide to high speed adjustment. if the engine quits turn the screw out 1/4 turn and so on.use the very first cold startup as the test for high speed mixture adjustment. at completely cold startup you have the jet adjusted correctly when the engine will sustain itself when you completely take the choke off very shortly after startup. let the amount of choke you need at cold start to keep the engine running be your guide.too lean and the engine will not stay running without the choke at all,too rich and the engine will not pull under extreme loads and will show signs of black soot out the exhaust. you want the jet adjusted so within 5 seconds of cold start the engine will stay running with no choke at all. find that needle setting ( don't ad any more!! ) and you'll be good to go.keep in mind the above is not optimum and is a little rich but you will like the way it starts,stays running,and overall performs as adjusted above.

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New honda hrr auto choke hard to start


sounds like it may need the carb clening out, but it could be the auto choke not closing when cold. there was an issue with some of the early auto chokes on the gcv135/160 engines so check to see if the choke flap is in the closed position when starting from cold, run the engine for approx 10-15 minutes and see if the choke flap has opened fully.leave it to go cold and see if the choke flap has returned to the closed position

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I have a 15hp tecumseh engine that will only run with the choke on.


You have a partially gummed up carburator. Get a bottle of carburator cleaner to add to your fuel. Follow those directions and you should be fine.

The alternate method may be to get a can of starter fluid. Spray the fluid into the air intake as the engine is running with the choke on. When the engine sounds better take it off of the choke status. Joe

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I have a vm80 8hp tecumseh engine 150092D day


If you want a 'drop-in' replacement, you will HAVE to source a carb that was fitted as original equipment. Following the demise of Tecumseh's engine division, supply is limited to 'old stock', but there is fair spares aqvailability at present. A newer 'primer start' carb will fit, but you will have to remove all the choke operating mechanism. Don't fit a carb from a larger or smaller engine - the mixture will be wrong, and the engine will never run properly.

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I have an old pressure washer that uses Tecumseh H30 engine. After pumping the choke bulb on the carb, it will crank, run maybe 5 seconds and quit. Thanks


When you get it started, move the choke to the middle, then let it warm up. you might have to move the choke back and forth until it warms up, keep the throttle wide open.

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I need to know the procedure in starting a Coleman Generator 5500/6875 11.0 hp Tecumseh. I just purchased it and the previous owner lost the manual for instructions. Please help me. Dolly


I'm not familiar with this particular generator but starting most of these is pretty much the same.

Turn all switches to the generator OFF locate the Carbuerator and put the choke on if it has a small bulb pump it a few times, now here is a trick I use I buy a can of starter fluid and spray a quick spray close to the air intake or air filter. This should work.

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i did and thanks - just picked up one that does the same thing and i plan to take your advise

Thank you Jerr

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