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post #21 of 45 Old 01-28-2019, 04:52 PM
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You mentioned that augers turned when you ran the starter. If you were not engaging them while running your starter , Then I would pull a belt cover and make absolutely sure you did not throw a belt that is binding and letting the auger system try to turn as you try to start it.

It will not be good if the belt is in a wrong position and the engine actually starts.
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if it is almost firing up but not quite i would try priming it a couple extra times and then try starting it. sometimes that works and worst case scenario is that you flood it and got to pull the plug and cycle the engine a couple times to clear it out.

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I was gonna say take off the belt. Can't believe it took three pages to get that suggestion.
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OK rather than take up more of your time I'll summarize:

The snowblower was purchased secondhand and by the 'story' and appearance has been used maybe half a dozen times in 2 years. It has a B&S 1150 series engine (it says it right on it!) w/o a fuel shutoff (there's a blank there). The drive stopped working for the PO, but I fixed that.

The engine was working, rough, then I tried to engage the auger (which was iced up, because all this is new to me) and the engine quit, and did not restart.

All the ice was cleared and the auger (and the drive) work if they are engaged by the handles.
There's spark, and it looks good. The plug looks very new, but maybe it needs replacing. It sure is wet with gas.

Starting it up after turning it over without the plug gets it almost going, but has to be repeated.
Now just a week or so before this, I got a can of gas but the little vent cap was off for that time. I wouldn't think it would let a lot of moisture in to foul the gas, but you might know better than I.

I think the next steps would be to change the gas, and maybe the plug. If there is anything else I'd love to hear it, but will have to try these things before asking more questions.

I must say that I am very impressed with the speed and thoroughness of the answers that you folks have provided. Well done, I hope to be able to help anyone with the wisdom you've already provided in a short time. I'll let you know if it's working ASAP.

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Good background info, thanks. I personally wouldn't expect trouble with the vent open for a week, especially in the winter (dryer air). But that's just me.

If you have a compression tester, doing a compression test could be worthwhile.

A new plug is cheap to try, at least. Spraying a bit of starting fluid, carb cleaner, etc, into the carb's intake could help you see if it would run from another fuel source.

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That was my first thought too. Tried after an hour but didnt start. The starter moves the augers and drive tw.
Thanks for these suggestions I'll try and let you know what happens.

The auger and drive should not try to move when starting the engine. Make sure they are not engaged. I don't believe that engine will start with a load on it. Ill say it for a second time.
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Ok I got this far


Starter fluid works this well too.

This thing used to start first pull!! Would have been good to use for last night's 9" dumping.

Thought maybe it was too cold like this thread
https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...d-weather.html
I'll try heating it somehow. ?

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Engines all need air, gasoline and spark all combined with the proper amount and.at.the proper time, to start and run. I would still check that key, even replace it just to take that possibility out of the equation.
Something else... That starter motor isn't going to tolerate much of that.

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After rereading your post I believe that you are chasing a carb issue.You got the machine 2nd hand , not been run hardly in a couple years and you did not mention removing old gas from the tank or say anything about cleaning the carb of old gas or gunk from old gas.if the carb plugged after you got it running (roughly) and engaged the augers then stopped , you may need to do a good cleaning. there are a number of different ways for raw fuel to get to the cylinder to cause a fouled plug, but it is not atomized w/air as needed so it just floods the engine.

As well check your oil to make sure that you dont have a overfilled condition from gas( possibly leaking past needle and seat) as part of the carb not cleaned scenario.
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I think you can buy a new carb with gas line, clamps, filter and primer , etc. from amazon for like $20.00
then you could install the new carb and practice cleaning and rebuilding your old one, for a spare.
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