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Oct 13, 2019 - 1:44:41 PM
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52632 posts since 12/14/2005

Poor old machine was left outside.
Would serve me right if it doesn't start this winter.
But, hope springs eternal, and I figured I'd work on it BEFORE the actual snow began to actually accumulate.

Took the carb bowl off the blowsnower, drained the fuel, reconnected the fuel line, washed out what looked like caramel pudding from the carb bowl ( OLD GAS turns to VARNISH if it sits long enough, upfucculates the engine!) Squirched in some carb cleaner, then some starting fluid, then put the bowl on, more fluid up the air intake, 1&1/2 cups of Fuel Fix into the tank.
Instructions for NON-running engine: Try start it a few times, to pump the Fuel Fix through the system.
Pulled the cord, and the dang thing fired right up, ran for a few seconds, due to the starting fluid.
Did that a few more times, with a wee bit of starting fluid each time.
Instructions say to let the Fuel Fix sit in there for at least 12 hours. Well, it was already 3 PM, and no WAY that I'm going to get out of a cozy bed at 3 AM, so I'm glad 12 is the MINIMUM.
It can sit until LUNCH time, for all I care.
I'm just amazed that it fired up AT ALL, after sitting out in the sun & rain since March.


Oct 13, 2019 - 8:49:02 PM

1902 posts since 1/16/2010

Sitting outside in the rain since March!?! Mike...please tell me it belonged to somebody else and they gave it to you in that condition. That’s so bad for equipment like that...but thankfully it keeps the repairman employed.

Oct 14, 2019 - 4:05:06 AM
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Nels

USA

5682 posts since 12/10/2012

WOW.....my son once wrote part of his Masters Thesis on my parenting 'skills' about what happened to him after leaving one of MY tools out overnight in the rain!

Oct 14, 2019 - 4:16:25 PM

oly

USA

1376 posts since 5/27/2006

I did that with my wood splitter, fortunately I used non-ethynol gas the last time it was used and poured in fresh non-ethynol gas to start up again. It did start hard, but it started and ran. The key is to make sure you use the non-ethynol gas, I.E. premium.

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:21:20 PM
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grandpafive

Canada

828 posts since 8/30/2014

Put the lawn equipment away after draining the fuel and running the carburetors dry. Did the same thing with the snow blower last spring and I'll try firing it up tomorrow, Don't expect any problems. The only thing I put premium gas in is the chain saw.

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:33:13 PM

RonR

USA

1531 posts since 11/29/2012

I put gas stabilizer in mine every year and check for loose bolts. Inspect the spark plugs, a little shot of either and she fires right up, only to break a shear pin or stretch a belt with the first heavy snow.

Oct 14, 2019 - 6:26:52 PM

Owen

Canada

4230 posts since 6/5/2011
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I use only reg. gas in all the machines... I usually put a bit of stabilizer in for the off-season.... other stuff is very much hit and miss ... sometimes run 'em dry, sometimes not ... I have a brush cutter that I usually start each summer though it hasn't really been "used" in the last decade... etc..  I don't store them uncovered, but I'm far from fastidious in cleaning/checking/maintaining them.  So far I've had no problems* that I attribute to stale gas...  dunno, maybe more luck than brains.   As usual, YMMV.

* =  for those with good memories, some time back I was offering "advice" about clearing passageways with wire.  That was on a "vintage" roto-tiller that I had salvaged from the dump... looked like it hadn't run for several years.  FWIW, I eventually got it running, although I might still be having a problem with the float valve not shutting the fuel completely off when it's not running.

Edited by - Owen on 10/14/2019 18:42:26

Oct 15, 2019 - 2:27:50 PM

751 posts since 10/10/2009

Mike hope you been doing well
There is probably a brass looking bolt that hold the bowl on the carb. Take that off look inside there is a hole.spray that with carb cleaner, there also is a hole in it that goes from side to side(that same bolt that holds carb bowl on)
If you can't spray through it poke a small wire through it ,

That snow blow will run

Oct 17, 2019 - 11:12:41 AM
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Tim13

USA

3107 posts since 4/1/2008

Just a point of clarification.....Premium gas does not guarantee ethanol free gas. Not many gas stations sell ethanol free anymore. Some of the BP stations do, but there is a website you can search for, and put in your zipcode to find the nearest station that sells ethanol free gasoline.

That's all I use in small engines, especially small engines like a snow blower that has limited use throughout the season.

Lastly, expect to pay 50 to 75 cents per gallon more for ethanol free gas.

Oct 17, 2019 - 12:53:11 PM
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70299 posts since 5/9/2007

You can use any gas you want if you treat it with Star-Tron" enzyme fuel treatment.

I've got to put the Canadian chains on my snowbeast.


 

Edited by - steve davis on 10/17/2019 12:57:16

Oct 17, 2019 - 2:24:48 PM

1902 posts since 1/16/2010

Well Mr. Gregory! What have you to say for yourself after being scolded? :)

Oct 17, 2019 - 2:29:48 PM

1902 posts since 1/16/2010

quote:
Originally posted by Tim13

Just a point of clarification.....Premium gas does not guarantee ethanol free gas. Not many gas stations sell ethanol free anymore. Some of the BP stations do, but there is a website you can search for, and put in your zipcode to find the nearest station that sells ethanol free gasoline.

That's all I use in small engines, especially small engines like a snow blower that has limited use throughout the season.

Lastly, expect to pay 50 to 75 cents per gallon more for ethanol free gas.


Tim is correct. The premium grade fuel has just as much ethanol as the regular grade, at least out here. You’ve got to search for a station that specifically sells non-ethanol fuel...and they are rare, but out there. And it is pricey, but worth it.

Another misconception folks have is about the “Off Hwy non taxed” diesel fuel. Some still think it’s (LSD) low Sulphur Diesel 500ppm, but it’s not. It’s (ULSD) 50ppm, just like the “Hwy” diesel. Make sure to use a fuel lubricant in anything with a mechanical fuel pump...the new fuel will shorten its life span. 

Oct 17, 2019 - 5:35:08 PM
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We’re ready too


 

Oct 17, 2019 - 5:49:51 PM

52632 posts since 12/14/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Texican65

Well Mr. Gregory! What have you to say for yourself after being scolded? :)


Waaah!

 

What ese CAN I say??

It's entirely MY fault.

I did get 'r running, but then I put the drive belt in place, to see if the THROWER part works.

And after THAT, the dang thing would NOT start.

Going to take the belt OFF again, tomorrow, see if the belt tension is what's preventing it. 

Has a new spark plug & everything.

Oct 17, 2019 - 6:06:16 PM

70299 posts since 5/9/2007

If the carb bowl is dirty again the fuel tank is probably dirty.

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