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#1 reason for non starting

#1 reason for non starting is fuel

#1 reason is bad gas

#2 reason is water in the gas

#3 reason is old gas

#4 is holes, ports, in the carb are clogged or partially clogged

#5 fuel is not getting to the intake valve, fuel is either not getting to the fuel bowl which means line, petcock, or fuel inlet valve is sticking; or not being pulled up through the main jet located in the middle of the carb underneath inside the fuel bowl.

When I have a starting issue, I loosen the nut on the fuel bowl and drain a little gas in a clear soda bottle. If there is water in the gas, it will sink to the bottom. Then look at the bottle, you will see the separation between water and gas! You can also see if the gas is not clear, there should be virtually no color to it, then drain everything! Everything! Your gas can TOO, in to a clear soda bottle. Completely! Until the can is totally dry. You brought the problem to me. I'm going to solve it, my way. I don't believe you.

Other than very very seldom reasons for non starting such as seizing engine, very low compression, valve lash, valves not sealing

Only two reasons, ignition or fuel

Spray starting fuel in the carb or in the spark plug hole, if it starts, generally, it's not ignition, it's a gasoline problem.

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Ditto .
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Can't add anything to that....
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Pretty complete!


I just like to shut off the gas valve and dropping the bowl. I can then get a better idea if it is just bad gas or a build up of crap in the carb. If the bowl has a bunch of sediment or the white powdery corrosion it is more complicated solution than just using fresh gas.

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I agree mostly but for me in 90% of the cases I will remove old fuel, change filter, add new fuel from new source, run the new fuel through the bowl to purge all remnants of gas and the bugger will still not work.

So, your top 3 reasons for me are not the culprit 90% of the time for me.

Now #4 and carb issues, that's where I find the issues.
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yup.

you can tell owners this ALL THE TIME but 99% will not listen.

will have the same problem the following year.......in that case I charge DOUBLE......then they ( may ) learn.

but doubt it.

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yup.

you can tell owners this ALL THE TIME but 99% will not listen.

will have the same problem the following year.......in that case I charge DOUBLE......then they ( may ) learn.

but doubt it.


Lol.....so true, my friend!
But then to every problem there is usually an "up side"......


If it weren't for folks like this, there wouldn't be so many free or nearly free snowblowers on Craigslist every Spring and Summer, for those of us that know how to restore them and make them useful to someone once again!
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Lol.....so true, my friend!
But then to every problem there is usually an "up side"......


If it weren't for folks like this, there wouldn't be so many free or nearly free snowblowers on Craigslist every Spring and Summer, for those of us that know how to restore them and make them useful to someone once again!
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it's the same people who used to get a new car once the ashtray was full........

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yup.

you can tell owners this ALL THE TIME but 99% will not listen.

will have the same problem the following year.......in that case I charge DOUBLE......then they ( may ) learn.

but doubt it.
And just what is the going rate in your area for this service. Prolly just $25-$35 bucks because it's easy to do right?

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