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Toro / Tecumseh 8 HP Runs Great Srarts Awful

Not my machine but Iím using it while I wait for a carb. This little toro works great but cold wonít start unless with the electric starter. Itís about a 2000 year model My Ariens has the same everything and fires on one or 2 pulls. What would be the cause of this ? I put a carb on it last summer but the owner says it was that way long before the first carb plugged up. What do I look at first, clean the pick up, check flywheel key??

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I would check the magneto gap, clean the magnet; do a compression test, lap the valves. If the valves are not sharp, on the money, starting becomes harder.

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Is the primer line intact, so that it's functioning properly? On older engines, the primer line can degrade and break, but it's not as obvious as a gas line leaking

Agreed that a compression test would be worthwhile.

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primer problem or choke plate not closing. does it do it when its warm and/or cold temp

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Yeah Iíll definitely give that pick up a cleaning and check the distance with a dollar bill. I sort of doubt itís the choke as itís fixed straight to the dial and flips freely and see how it could be hanging up .

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sounds like primer to me...on my blowers that didn't have a primer, I drill a small hole in the shield that lines up with the mouth of the carburetor, and take the little tube that comes with the can of carb cleaner and squirt a little cleaner or ether into the mouth of the carb before pulling. Saves a lot of swearing.
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check the distance with a dollar bill.

A dollar bill will be to thin. Use a business card which is around .018-.020 thousandths thick.

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A dollar bill will be to thin. Use a business card which is around .018-.020 thousandths thick.
Same thing I use although I have used a matchbook cover as well.

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sounds like primer to me...on my blowers that didn't have a primer, I drill a small hole in the shield that lines up with the mouth of the carburetor, and take the little tube that comes with the can of carb cleaner and squirt a little cleaner or ether into the mouth of the carb before pulling. Saves a lot of swearing.

I never new Tec carbs had this vent hole:


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I checked the primer itís fine but for one thing. The fuels not spraying inside. Primer bulb pressurize but thereís tube is solid? It Makes me wonder if it has a knock out inside that i never thoughtbto punch when I stuck that carb on last year🤪

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