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Fueling issue

OK. Have been having trouble starting my Snowblower this morning. Found this site. I have been poking around, but haven't found what I'm looking for.

I had left fuel in over the winter. I removed the old fuel and put in new fuel. Removed the carb and cleaned it with carb cleaner. It will start when I spray some starter fluid, but dies immediately. Float bowl is empty and won't fill with fuel. I have removed the fuel inlet valve and really thought I did a decent job trying to get out any gum and residue, but I can't figure out the problem. Fuel flows out of the tank through the fuel hose so I know it's not the fuel line.

Snowblower is a Poulan Pro PR624ES that is about 3 years old. Pretty sure the motor is a 208 CC OHV. Not sure on make/model and not sure where to look.

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Thanks in advance. Not sure what else to try.
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I'd run some carb cleaner through the inlet and through the needle and jet. There's got to be something blocking it there if the bowl isn't filling up!

And yes, the 208cc is what is on your blower, made by LCT, same one that is on my Cub Cadet.

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Hi glendayle,
Welcome to the Forum. Sounds like your float/needle valve may be stuck, not allowing fuel to flow into the bowl...or there is an obstruction in the fuel inlet tube (less likely). If you have an inline fuel filter, make sure it is not clogged. Shut off the fuel supply valve at the tank. Remove the fuel inlet hose to the carb...use a container to catch any fuel that is in the hose itself. Attach your own piece of fuel hose to the inlet tube of the carb. Remove the bowl nut at the bottom of the carb bowl, and remove the bowl. Again, be ready to catch any fuel left in the bowl. Now, the float should be in the down position, allowing the needle valve to open. You should be able to blow through the free end of you hose without any restriction. If you lift the float manually, closing the needle valve, you should NOT be able to blow freely. Post your results. MH

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Thanks guys. I finally found a video on youtube with the right carb explaining problems. The float needle was pretty gummed up and the jet was either blocked or partially blocked. Was able to clean everything out and spray some carb cleaner in there and she fired right up. The little float needle was fixed and wouldn't move up or down.
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I need to be better about storing my small gas engine things. It seems like every spring I have trouble getting the trimmer and power washer to start and the snow blower every winter. I know I'm supposed to add fuel stabelizer or drain the fuel, but I'm not very good about doing it.
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Yeah, the lack of fuel stabilizer can cost when a lot of wasted time.

Today's tainted gasoline is good for about 30 days without adding a stabilizer.
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Yeah. I've even got some fuel stabelizer in the garage. Part of the issue is that I just don't know when the last use of the season is going to be. I guess I should go throw some in the summer tools for now.
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I treat every gallon of fuel the day I purchase it. No exceptions.
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I need to be better about storing my small gas engine things. It seems like every spring I have trouble getting the trimmer and power washer to start and the snow blower every winter. I know I'm supposed to add fuel stabelizer or drain the fuel, but I'm not very good about doing it.
But look how good you are getting at cleaning carbs!

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I treat every gallon of fuel the day I purchase it. No exceptions.
Me too. You never know when the next time you will use a machine will be. Heck, I might have to break out the lawnmower again the way this weather has been! Good thing I didn't winterize it yet!

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