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Angry In Need Of Stupid Tiny O-Ring

I'm in need of getting the very small rubber o-ring on the idle jet for my blower. I can order the carb kit which it is part of. But as usual I want to find one locally so I can get my machine back together. So far I've struck out at 1 AutoZone, 1 Lowes, 1 power products dealer & 2 True Value hardware stores. Next I'll be trying a plumbing supply store. Any other suggestions?

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Check around for a nearby Parker hydraulics store, they usually carry most sizes of o-rings. If you don't have a Parker store check with whoever supplies and repairs hydraulic hoses and fittings.
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HArbor Freight has o ring collections in both sae and metric sizes. Not sure if they contain anything that small. I ordered my last supply of o rings on the Bay in bulk for about 50 cents apiece with fee shipping. MH

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Do you have a neighborhood (scuba) dive shop? They usually have a lot of them for regulator repair and some do get tiny. Do you know the trade size number?

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NAPA and other auto parts stores usually have a case that has O rings anywhere from 2" down to something that is hard to see. Go to the older hardware stores in your area. The older the better. They are the places to look for stuff like that. We have two old stores in our area and I can go there for knob and tube wiring parts s well as leather cups for wells and etc. They have those display cases full of O rings and other hard to find parts. Also, try your local small engine repair shop.

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harbor freight has them in bulk for 8 bucks. i saw a 00 price set at pepboys the other night for 12 bucks
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I'm going to be the pragmatist here. You've been to 4 stores so far and probably spent what 3-5 gallons of gas running around. Discounting your time as of no value, you've already likely spent more in gas and wear & tear on the vehicle than the cost of a carb kit. You could have used the o-ring and thrown the rest away and still be money ahead.

Nice to know of options but your time also has value as does the cost of driving. I know it sounds dumb but so does running all over the place unless you were going there anyway.

I admit I've done it too, but the older you get the less you want to run looking for something than just biting the bullet and doing it.

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PS - I think I've seen them before at Fleet Farm if you still want to try tracking down just the O-ring.
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Those are all great suggestions. Thanks guys.

HCBPH - I'm with you on all that.

Also, my machine's carb does not have the Carburetor Insulator (#132 in diagram on pg 33). Should I be concerned?
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/user-manuals/247888301-Craftsman-Parts-Snow-removal-equipment-Parts-manual

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If I end up buying a carb, can someone confirm for me that this would be the correct one?




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If I end up buying a carb, can some confirm for me that this would be the correct one?

A131 MTD Troy Bilt Cub Cadet Snow Blower Carburetor 951 11303A 951 14023A | eBay
I can't honestly say whether that's the right one or not without seeing the original. I've bought a few carbs off Ebay before. What I did was have the current carb available to look at then started looking at carbs for the same size and make engine off the website. If the throttle, carb linkage and had the primer nipple, that's what I bought. I honestly have not had an issue doing that and most have been Oregon carbs. In fact one that was available but had the wrong choke on it but it was the closest to what I needed. Once I got it I took the choke mechanism off my old carb and put it on the new one and it worked perfect. I took it apart too to check it out and looked like a Tecumseh carb kit parts would work in it too.

Hope that helps.

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