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post #1 of 39 Old 11-14-2018, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Toro Powershift 824 36540 Restoration

Hi! I recently got a non-working 1997 Toro Powershift 38540 snowblower from a friend and I am trying to fix it but it won’t start. I’ve siphoned out the old nasty gas, replaced the spark plug and it still won’t start. I poured 19mL of gasoline in the spark plug hole and it started, but only for a couple of seconds. Does anyone have any idea what’s the problem? Could it be a faulty carburetor? Also, did I damage the engine by pouring gas down the spark plug hole? Any help would be greatly appreciated
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Sounds like the carburetor needs cleaning.
Go on youtube and watch a couple videos,thatíll give you an idea how to do it.
Search Tecumseh 8hp carb rebuild.
Donyboy73 is one guy on youtube that can help.
Iím pretty sure you did no damage to the engine putting gas directly in the sparkplug hole (combustion chamber)

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no damage. easier way is spraying carb /brake cleaner down into carb from choke end.
clean the carb, many a utube vids on techumseh carb cleaning
check fuel lines, shutoff valve, fuel filter.
if first time cleaning it might take a few times to get it right.
buy a clone carb, its cheap and eliminate the carb as the culprit if it does the same thing as the original.

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Thanks for the insight. I took off the carburetor heater box off today, and examined the carburetor. The carburetor bowl looks clean, but the snowblower was kept outside for a couple of years now. Iíll order a new carburetor off amazon and go from there. Iíll attach some pictures of the machine later tonight.
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Hello and welcome to SBF Powershift. Are you sure the model number is not 38540? If it is, here is a link to the service manual, if you don't already have it.


https://www.toro.com/getpub/6935

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eBay is cheaper for a carb. However the original is a better carb. Many Chinese carbs have steel fuel bowls but you can swap out the old one.

Rebuilding a carb is time consuming and unless you have every thing right, it's not going to work right. Removal of the Welch plug and a carb solution dunk tank helps tremendously though many times not necessary, sometimes an ultrasonic cleaner is necessary.

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Sorry for the misinformation. Itís a 1997 Toro Powershift 38540
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Iíll watched a couple of videos on carburetor rebuilds, so I decided it would be better to just buy a new carb. Would this be a good choice? Itís for the Tecumseh HMSK80 engine. My 38540 isnít listed in the add, but the carb is for the same engine. 640052 Carburetor For Tecumseh HMSK80 HMSK90 8hp 9hp 10hp LH318SA LH358SA for Snow Blower Generator Chipper Shredder 640054 640349 640058 640058A OREGON 50-659 STENS 520-926 Carb (640054)


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I think you would be better with an adjustable jet carb like this for easier tuning.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/CARBURETOR-...7ixc:rk:1:pf:0

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