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Sno-Tek having trouble starting after summer

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First time poster here . Having trouble w/ my 28" Sno-Tek starting this fall. The unit is about 3 yrs old, and before I stored it for summer I let it run all the gas through. It was stored in the garage (without fuel or stabilizer).

This fall, it just refuses to start. When I remove the spark plug and spray fuel starter in, the engine does briefly turn over, so I don't think its the plug. Since it sat all summer, I did prime it a bunch to move the fuel down from the tank, but it doesn't seem to be igniting the fuel, only the starter.

What else should I be looking into at this point? Thank you to everyone in advance, happy to be here!
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V4, welcome aboard.

Do you normally add a fuel stabilizer during the winter season when the machine is in regular use?

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V4, welcome aboard.

Do you normally add a fuel stabilizer during the winter season when the machine is in regular use?
hi uber, thanks for the response! I have never used a fuel stabilizer as long as I have owned the unit. I can certainly give it a shot. should I drain the existing gas?
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How old is the gas you just added?
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gas was just added today, but is probably from mid-summer lawn mower batch.
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Gas can start going bad in a couple of months, without stabilizer. Also, summer gas is different than winter gas. Winter blend gas is easier to ignite in colder temps. Also, ethanol gas can draw moisture right out of the atmosphere, to the point where it is either useless or has actual, separated water in it. I would loose the gas, crack the carb bowl screw and catch the rest as it drips out, then try fresh gas. If the machine is new enough so there are no ignition breaker points, that's about all it usually can be, for a problem.
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Yeah, that could easily be the root of the problem. The major gas producers say our tainted gasoline stores for about 30 days.

My personal practice is to add my preferred gas stabilizer either at the pump or as soon as I arrive home. No delays. I mark the gas cans with the date of purchase and which stabilizer (or 2 stroke oil) was added. Too much is at jeopardy when you've got a big storm coming and the machines don't run.

I had an issue with my motorbike this past weekend. Not only was the fuel tank low, but the gasoline (treated) was 90 days old. The bike would barely run. I filled it up a couple of days ago with fresh gasoline (with stabilizer) and everything is back to normal. That's the first time I've experienced that.
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I have used older gas without issues, but a lot of people do have issues with it. It could be that last year when you ran it dry there was some gas left in it that varnished up the jets or got the needle stuck. Could also be that the dry tank started rusting a little bit and now some dirt got in there somewhere and clogged things up.

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FWIW, some of us are fortunate enough to be able to purchase the old, non-tainted gasoline: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. and Canada
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I have used older gas without issues, but a lot of people do have issues with it. It could be that last year when you ran it dry there was some gas left in it that varnished up the jets or got the needle stuck. Could also be that the dry tank started rusting a little bit and now some dirt got in there somewhere and clogged things up.
Thanks Shryp, I had this thought myself. I will try draining and adding new gas, but say the gas lines were slightly "clogged" is there anything I you'd suggest for an at home maintenance?

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