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I would start by checking the condition of the fuel filter and fuel lines and progress to the carburetor from there. Make sure muffler is clear and air filter is not clogged. Your symptoms have all the signs of a dirty carburetor. Post back after checking condition of fuel tank, fuel filter, fuel lines, muffler, and air cleaner, and spark plug also.

Posted on Apr 03, 2011

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    Robert Rackley Oct 25, 2011

    Just curious if a solution was found. I've got the same problem with an SRM-210 Echo wee trimmer. I just rebuilt the zama carb with a new kit. Now, it seems to start up fine and idle. However, when the throttle is pulled, it will speed up then die out. It's acting like it's starving for fuel. I've already replaced the fuel lines and air filter. I did find a small white plastic needle valve type pin with a tiny o-ring just under where the primer bulb and diaphragm plate sits. This o-ring seems to have a tiny pinch in it. I'm going to replace it tomorrow. Not sure but will this bad o-ring cause a problem like this throttle problem?

    Thanks much,

  • Roy Cagle
    Roy Cagle Oct 25, 2011

    If after rebuilt, the Zama dies on acceleration, then try opening up (counterclockwise) the Low speed (L closest to engine) mixture needle on the carb 1/4 turn, if this isn't one of the newer rotary -type carbs. I haven't rebuilt or tore down a rotary carb yet.


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