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Troy-bilt Storm 2860 wont start

Hello, all


First let me point out I know nothing about engines.


My dad bought a Storm 2860 about three years ago. He got it to work the first year, but nothing since


A friend is trying to get it started now. He's verified that the spark plug sparks. He's put in fresh fuel.


What he can't find is the air filter!


The manual is useless. The cover shows 3 different engines, but the instructions lump them all together. Is there an air filter for the 243 Cc engine, and if so where is it? (He's thinking of spraying it with starter fluid.)


Or would just spraying starter fluid where the spark plug used to be (if he takes it out) worthwhile?
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no air filter.....I would check spark with a spark tester....or lacking that ,take the carb shroud off and spray ether or carb cleaner into the throat of the carb to see if it fires....if it does, spark is good, and you need to replace or clean the carb
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Hi,


Thanks for your quick response.


The snowblower started when he sprayed starting fluid into the spark plug thingy.... and ran for a few seconds...


But apparently it isn't drawing fuel, even though he's filled it up with fresh fuel.


Any idea what could be causing that?
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Sounds like . . .gummed up carburetor. Fairly common. I usually run a highly concentrated mix of carb/injector cleaner for the first tank of the season.



You might have to take the carburetor off, or at least remove the bowl and spray some starting fluid in there to loosen the old fuel up.

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Hi,


Thanks for your quick response.


The snowblower started when he sprayed starting fluid into the spark plug thingy.... and ran for a few seconds...


But apparently it isn't drawing fuel, even though he's filled it up with fresh fuel.


Any idea what could be causing that?
As stated above, the carb needs to be cleaned. Did you leave gas in it over the summer. You need to run it dry at the end of the season.




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Hi,


Thanks for your quick response.


The snowblower started when he sprayed starting fluid into the spark plug thingy.... and ran for a few seconds...


But apparently it isn't drawing fuel, even though he's filled it up with fresh fuel.


Any idea what could be causing that?
Silly question.. But does it have a fuel shut off and if it does.. Did he turn it back on? Otherwise I would guess carb needs cleaning, or a blockage in the fuel line.
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Thanks!


My friend has given up for the night, he will try that tomorrow.


Thanks for being so kind and answering a newbie's questions!
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If it was mine:

I would first take the fuel line off the carb, with a funneled jug to drain the gas.

I would pull the carb, being careful to mark the holes (or photo) and not bend anything or stretch any spring.

Clean the carb thoroughly, and make sure the needle is seating properly.

Reassemble the carb, and would be a good time to cut in a shut off beneath the tank if you does not have one.

If the carb is bad, replacements are 12-15.00 on Amazon.

And always , for any gas you get for your equipment, (as myself, I use 4 - 5gallon cans,) and immediately add Stabil and half the recommended amount of SeaFoam into each can. Never have I had a gas issue in any of my equipment, new or old, summer or winter, including my generator, pressure washers, blowers, mowers, etc......
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