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I agree with Bluejoe.

And the bowl on the carb should be able to be removed so you can see if any gas is in there. Some carbs have another bolt for draining the carb.

I would open up that bowl to see if any gas in it. you will need a small collector if there is. if it keeps pouring out after a few seconds then that probably means you have fuel delivery from tank. ( look for that fuel shut off valve first ).
My carb does have a small screw for draining the carb (and, by extension, the gas tank). Back in December 2016, per the instructions, I loosened that screw and drained the carb and gas tank.

But there is a larger *bowl* bolt. If I remove that bolt, will the entire contents of the carb and gas tank be drained out? Or will only a small amount of gas be drained out?

By the way, the instructions say the following, in black, bold letters: Do not remove the carburetor bowl bolt from the bottom of the carburetor.
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Hello. This thread is an update to the following thread:

Toro Power Clear 418 Snowblower Will Not Start

I started a new thread because I was no longer getting enough responses on the original thread.

Rather then send folks back to your first post on your problem I consolidated the two threads since we are still working on the "no start" problem.

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"Do not remove the carburetor bowl bolt from the bottom of the carburetor."

If you take that bolt out then the whole bowl might come off. Usually it needs some persuasion since it tends to glue itself to the gasket over time. If it's in good condition the bowl will drop off and whatever is in the tank will come pouring out past the needle and seat. The reason it says not to do it is that most people shouldn't take it apart as they have no idea what they are doing and for draining you'd use the other one.

This might give you a better idea. I love show and tell.
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My carb does have a small screw for draining the carb (and, by extension, the gas tank). Back in December 2016, per the instructions, I loosened that screw and drained the carb and gas tank.

But there is a larger *bowl* bolt. If I remove that bolt, will the entire contents of the carb and gas tank be drained out? Or will only a small amount of gas be drained out?

By the way, the instructions say the following, in black, bold letters: Do not remove the carburetor bowl bolt from the bottom of the carburetor.
don't know anything about Toros but i guess you should follow instructions . Did you remove drain bolt and gas came out and kept coming out?

does your manual show any shut off valve?

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Hello Jack where do you live maybe one of our members is close and can drive out to help out.

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don't know anything about Toros but i guess you should follow instructions . Did you remove drain bolt and gas came out and kept coming out?

does your manual show any shut off valve?
In his reply at the top of the page he says he removed the drain bolt and it emptied the tank. If it does have a shut off valve it must be open.

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In his reply at the top of the page he says he removed the drain bolt and it emptied the tank. If it does have a shut off valve it must be open.
It seems like a fairly simple fix . I mean it has spark. If it has fuel then it must be the carb , don't you think?

It sounds like the fuel is not getting to the cylinder. Something is clogged. It's just a process of elimination that cleaning out the carb will probably remedy.

What do you think? I haven't been at this long but the half dozen blowers that I have worked on with this same problem , this was the problem.

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If it has spark and you can get it to fire and run then it pretty much has to be a carb problem. I'm not keen on putting gas in the plug hole to check it, I'm more of a starting fluid kind of guy or just dribbling some gas into the carbs throat. Rather not mess with the spark plug and also take a chance I'm going to have gas seeping down into the oil but that's just me.

Depending on cost I'd either clean that carb or purchase a new one and get it up and running. I'd also flush the tank, replace the gas line and if space permits put a filter in line.

That said I haven't gone through any more of this thread then this page so I'm not sure what all has been tried. And with over a hundred replies I'm not going to

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If it has spark and you can get it to fire and run then it pretty much has to be a carb problem. I'm not keen on putting gas in the plug hole to check it, I'm more of a starting fluid kind of guy or just dribbling some gas into the carbs throat. Rather not mess with the spark plug and also take a chance I'm going to have gas seeping down into the oil but that's just me.

Depending on cost I'd either clean that carb or purchase a new one and get it up and running. I'd also flush the tank, replace the gas line and if space permits put a filter in line.

That said I haven't gone through any more of this thread then this page so I'm not sure what all has been tried. And with over a hundred replies I'm not going to

I read about a carburetor cleaner called Mechanic in a Bottle. The following is what I read:

My toro 3650 snow blower surges up and down when running. Could

Will Mechanic in a Bottle help?
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Don't know, haven't tried it. If you were just having a surging problem trying a good quality fuel system cleaner would be appropriate but since yours won't start you'll likely need to take it fully apart and soak it for a day or two and then rebuild with a kit or replace it.

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