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Just bought a used poulan pro with a honda 5.5 22" super clean, like new the gas tank was empty, I put new gas in and it doesn't even want to try to start....any ideas?...thanks

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  • andyavery May 28, 2011

    I took the screw out of the bottom of the bowl, had to remove the air filter assembly to get to the is on there pretty tight so I didn't get it off- shouldn't it just pull off?....also, with the screw out of the bowl and the carb loose, should gas flow freely when I open the valve?....I turned the valve with the carb off and just a few drops came out of the bowl....thanks, Andy

  • andyavery May 28, 2011

    Hi ..Just checking to see if you received my comment a couple of hours ago after your suggestions....thanks



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Hi! I'm going to throw some possibilities out there and some may sound stupid but I want to cover all of our bases and they are arranged in order of the most likely cause of the problem and in order of the troubleshooting teps you should take.

  1. Have you attempted to prime the line/tank?
  2. The most common cause of having zero response when you attempt to start it is a bad spark plug connection to the plug. Check the boot to the plug and the terminal connector and make sure that everything is OK. The prior owner may have intentionally disconnected it for storage or may have removed the sparkplug entirely.
  3. If the connections seem OK, try replacing the sparkplug. The gap tolerance is .028 to .036.
  4. Again, since this is used, Check your battery, make sure it's actually connected and then make sure that it's actually good. Give it a charge if necessary, if it doesn't take, replace it.
  5. Your model has an option for an electric starter. If yours came with this, again check all of the connection.
  6. The last thing I could recommend would be to check the fuel line but since you didn't mention the smell of gasoline I doubt that it's damaged, however it could be gunked up. The problem with buying used even if the item is "like new" is that you never know to what extent that the previous owner used it, and whether it was just cleaned up really well to make it look like new.
If you have any more questions or can provide more information, let me know and I'll be glad to help however I can. Thanks for using FIxYa, Andy!

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Check plug and make sure its the right one,replace if needed,check air filter.replace if necessary and theres a bowl under carburator,a screw is holding it on,block fuel line going to carb.,then remove screw under bowl,be careful,theres a rubber gasket on lip of bowl.Clean bowl with clean towel and push up on float to make sure float is not stuck,put bowl back on with rubber gasket,tighten screw and uncrimp gas line and start it up.

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    Thomas Perkins May 29, 2011

    Make sure your self propelled is not engaged will trying to start,remove cover and see while you are trying to start.Also clean your carb. bowl.



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