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post #1 of 26 Old 01-10-2020, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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I have a six year old Platinum 24 blower. I had it tuned in Sept. It has become very hard to start now that winter is here. I was better off without the tuneup. I don't know what is causing it but I am thinking of keeping some starter fluid on standby just in case. So far I eventually get it to start but am worried that when we get a big storm it will not start. It cranks but does not turnover. After trying, off and on, for 10-15 minutes it finely catches and then runs fine. My question is: Where do I spray the starter fluid? Do I have to take anything apart to get to where I should spray. I know this is not a fix but I just want to get thru the winter first. If anyone can post a picture of where to spray it would be very helpful.
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Call the place that tuned it and tell them, you paid for their services and sounds like you didn't get what you paid for, I'd be pissed!
Are you running fresh fuel, 87 octane, stabilizer?
Have you checked your plug, is primer bulb working, is there a fuel filter on it, did they kink fuel line changing it?
Look for the simple things first, it starts so must be something simple.
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Call the place that tuned it and tell them, you paid for their services and sounds like you didn't get what you paid for, I'd be pissed!
Are you running fresh fuel, 87 octane, stabilizer?
Have you checked your plug, is primer bulb working, is there a fuel filter on it, did they kink fuel line changing it?
Look for the simple things first, it starts so its probably something simple.
If its starting right up with starter fluid, it's possibly a clogged jet.
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Yes. Your suggestions were already checked. I would like to try some starter fluid but as I mentioned I do not know where to squirt it or even if I have to remove something to gain access to the area that the starter fluid has to be applied. I am looking for someone who has a Platinum 24 and can maybe put up a picture for a non handy person that shows where and how to use the fluid.
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Nope. Something definitely isn't right with your machine. Do so Youtube searches. Doneyboy73 has some great vids on repairs.

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To start it via this method, the best way would probably be to take the shroud off that gains you access to the spark plug. Pop the cable off the back of the spark plug, unscrew the plug, spray some into the hole, put it all back together, and start it. Not exactly a quick way to do it, but works in a bind.
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How old is the gas in it? If you are not sure. I would drain it and start with new gas let it run for a while. Then check it again the next day with a cold start.
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i agree with @kimber if you had a shop do the tuneup. and @AriensProMike idea

it is probably a simple fix if it eventually starts. may be flooding due to choke or float not working right toshut off gas to carb.

on a honda you remove the top cover to carb to spray starting fluid for intake but it's not a good habit to do this all the time. could harm things.

better off fixing it .

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Again, how old is the gas and was it stabilized?

Before being upset with the place that tuned it up, remember 4 full months have passed. E10 unstabilized gas could be the culprit for hard starting. I suggest draining the fuel in the tank and carb and then start with fresh. The starter fluid is fine but this could be something easily remedied and something you donít have to jigger with or worry about the rest of the winter.
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it almost sounds like you have a broken primer line, check the bulb end the line itself and the carb end for dry rot
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