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Bought a Toro 210R with missing choke lever

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New to the forum and just bought my first snowblower (used). I paid $75 for a Power Clear 210R that is missing a choke lever. The seller told me the machine ran great before the lever broke off and that replacing it was not a big deal. Before buying, I saw the plastic lever part online for 2 or 3 bucks so figured all OK but now that I have the machine I'm wondering if that small plastic part is all I'm going to need.

I've taken off the plastic cover that the choke lever usually sticks out of and here are a few pictures:







The part I bought is this:



I haven't gotten the lever yet but I'm thinking that perhaps the hole on the lever simply connects to the gold hole to the left of the center. But as I don't really know how a choke works, I don't see how that's going to actually do anything. Does the screw perhaps control the choke internally or am I completely off?

If anyone has any input I'd appreciate.

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I'm pretty sure you need the shaft the choke plate and the lever attach to. It looks like the part of the shaft that sticks up and the lever attaches to sheared off.

With this information off the ID label I might be able to be more specific.
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Thanks for your reply. I'm now hoping this is fixable and I didn't throw away money for nothing..

Here is the label. Thanks again!

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I think you might need this:



There is a screw and washer in the diagrams too. I am not 100% certain as the diagram shows 2 choke shafts based on serial number. I hope this is the correct one because the other is no longer available.

I found the numbers by putting your Toro number here:
Lawn Mower Parts, Small Engine Parts & Much More! | PartsTree.com - Briggs, MTD, Toro, Cub Cadet, Husqvarna, Troy-bilt...

That shows the engine number:
Lawn Mower Parts, Small Engine Parts & Much More! | PartsTree.com - Briggs, MTD, Toro, Cub Cadet, Husqvarna, Troy-bilt...

And then I just googled the choke shaft numbers.

You might be able to rig something up to turn the choke lever, Either drill a small whole into it or glue something to it. Maybe even do both and drill a small pin into the middle of the 2 pieces before gluing it. At the very least get the machine running before spending money on it. You can manually operate the choke by hand or a small screwdriver for now. Or will the choke not "snap" into place as it is?

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Thanks. I will purchase the shaft kit and see if I can find a matching screw. Regarding the diagram, the angle unfortunately doesn't show how the shaft kit or choke lever attach to the engine. Any ideas on where I might be able to get some directions or diagrams?
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To me it looks similar to the Honda choke setup. Pull the plate out with some needle nose pliers, pull the rest of the shaft out the top, slide the new shaft in, slide the new plate in, then the lever should fit on top of the new shaft and pivot on that brass post.

This might be of some help for diagrams on how it should look:
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+1 Just a matter of taking your time.

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To me it looks similar to the Honda choke setup. Pull the plate out with some needle nose pliers, pull the rest of the shaft out the top, slide the new shaft in, slide the new plate in, then the lever should fit on top of the new shaft and pivot on that brass post.

This might be of some help for diagrams on how it should look:
Disassembly, Cleaning and Repair of Briggs and Stratton/Toro/Lawn-Boy 2-Cycle Plastic Carburetor
I appreciate the responses. I'm studying the photos in this link and I just can't see how they relate to the pictures I posted. Where is the plate?

I feel like a bit of an idiot here but when it's suggested I manually operate the choke with a screwdriver, I realize I don't know where the choke is! In my photos, is it the black plastic area in back by the spring?

And no, the machine will not start at moment. Seller told me it's related to the choke.

Thanks for your patience in answering these questions. If worse comes to worse, I'll take parts I ordered to a repair shop. That said, I would definitely prefer to learn this and fix it myself.
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The meat of the choke is the plate itself. That is what cuts off air and causes the engine to pull in more fuel.

Using a screwdriver on the shaft might work but I don't know if you have the access. You could also use it on the plate itself to flip it open after it starts.

Before you start ordering parts I'd try to close that plate (it's closed in the photo) and try to get it running. It should start and then kill in a little bit as it's too rich if you aren't able to get that plate open a position or two.

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Ok, strike what I wrote above. I just went out to garage to have another look and I now see the broken plastic shaft (which I can pull out) and the plates. I'm still unsure how to operate the choke manually but parts should be here by Wed and I'll give it all a go and come back here if I can't figure it out. Again, thanks.
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