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I am having a very hard time starting my Ariens Professional with the AX291 engine. I siphoned most of the gas out of the tank. I can see some small black specks in the bottom of the tank floating with the remaining gas. What is a good way to drain the rest of the gas and clean out any sediment? I was then going to drop the carburetor bowl, but trying to get the gas out of the tank and the tank clean first.
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Would it be easier to install an in-line fuel filter going from the tank to the carb?
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i got 99% of the gas out and let most of the rest dry up and then put a section of 3/8 hose on the end of my wet dry vac it worked perfect
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Those black specks could be rubber particles from the fuel line. I'd remove the fuel line and shine a light through it to visually inspect and see if it looks rough or cracked on the inside. I replaced mine a year or two ago and just this summer, I checked it again and in that short a time, the rubber had started to deteriorate. If yours is deteriorating, I'd suggest cleaning out the carb.

I changed to a clear Marine-grade Tygon fuel line myself, but some folks on the forums don't care for Tygon because apparently it hardens up eventually and cracks.
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the tygon fuel line will usually star to yellow giving you a warning that it is time to change them

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i got 99% of the gas out and let most of the rest dry up and then put a section of 3/8 hose on the end of my wet dry vac it worked perfect
I don't think that process is OSHA compliant ! The vac motor has brushes that create sparks that could easily ignite the gas fumes, and KaBoom- one less forum member.
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If it runs fine otherwise once started, reach up under the carb heater box and pull the primer line off the carb. Put your finger over that end and push the primer bulb, you should get resistance. If you can hear air passing out, the line is bad. Common failure on the LCT stock primer line, especially if you have ethanol gas. Seen it many times. If it checks out and is sealed line then I'd drop the bowl and look around.
BINGO!!!!! After cleaning out the gas tank, I tipped up the unit so I could remove the carb bowl. The rubber line between the primer bulb and the carb is cracked and broken. Will replace it tomorrow.
I tried to remove the emulsion tube to see if it needed cleaning while I had the bowl off. I could not get the emulsion tube out (yes, I removed the threaded piece first). I thought he emulsion tube would just drop out. How does the emulsion tube come out?
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mine didnt want to drop either
stick a straw from a wd40 or carb cleaner up there it will come right out
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