Question about Power Generators
My son was blowing our patio when he heard metal noise inside blower and then it stalled. He pulled the cord the first time and it didn't start and then tried to pull again and the cord would not move. Any ideas? Thanks in advance . Craig- New Jersey
This is a typical problem with small engines that are not used often or only used seasonally
The problem exist when it is not prepped for storage properly, meaning that the fuel is not shut off and the engine allowed to burn off the remaining fuel that's left in the carburetors float bowl, causing the un-spent fuel to sour and later creating a condition called varnishing which clogs the carburetor venteries
All of these steps will require the use of skin and eye protection!!!
The solution is to replace the old fuel in the tank with fresh, its not a bad idea to replace the fuel filter at this time, then with the petcock in the off position remove the carburetor float bowl, inspect the gasket or seal for imperfections (replace as needed) and clean it along with the float assy. and piston check valve with a spray type carburetor & choke cleaner and gently wiping with a clean lint free cloth so as to remove all yellowish colored varnish and any debris, before reassembly place a glass or metal catch pan or bowl under the carburetor and turn the petcock to the on position to allow fresh fuel to flush out the fuel line and now LIGHTLY & GENTLY (without resistence) lift the float up, the fuel should stop flowing. If it does not stop, repeat cleaning procedure. If it does turn the petcock to off and reassemble. After reassembly turn the petcock to on, the engine should run.
Another preventive step is the use of a product called STA-BIL fuel stabilizer
Posted on Feb 20, 2009
This sounds like the timing is off. Remove the spark plug and pull the cord to see if there is less tension. If there is less tension then you know that the pull cord is fine. Do a compression check on the cylinder, it should be around 100psi. Remove the valve cover and check to see if valves are moving when your pulling the cord. The valves could have came off the rockers.
Posted on May 20, 2009
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