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Old 12-26-2007, 01:25 PM   #1
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my snowblower won't start- it gets gas (bowl leaks gas! ), i replaced sparkplug and gapped it, changed oil, changed (auger) belts- it will begin to crank, then whines and dies. anyone have an idea as to what i could try next, or is it time to bury it??

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The fuel leaking indicates a needle valve not seating properly (among other possible problems). Time to rebuild the carb.

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Old 12-26-2007, 03:37 PM   #3
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thanks for the response. the fuel leaking/valve issue would keep it from starting, though? there *is* plenty of gas in there to start it. i'm just trying to understand the "whys" before taking the thing apart! lol
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If the needle valve doesn't close, it can start but it'll flood out quickly. Other problems, like clogged passages and jets, or air leaks, can cause similar problems from either too much or too little gas. It can start, but doesn't maintain a mixture it can continue running on. It's best to just rebuild the carb, because when one component wears out it's just a matter of time before something else follows.

craig, I just looked back at your original post and now I'm confused. Did you mean it fires and dies, or did you mean the problem is your electric starter begins to turn, then stops and whines before the engine fires? If it's the latter, then the problem could be low battery, bad cable, or most likely something in the starter itself. You still need to address the carb issue, though.

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Old 12-26-2007, 05:06 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. I will crank but not start. I tried the pull start to no avail.
I poured gas directly into plug hole & tried to start it - no luck. I also sprayed starting fluid into carb again no luck. I started on first attempt when I first took it out. But I turned it over to change oil (could not find a drain plug) problems seemed to start after that.
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Uh oh........turning it over not good....lol! You probably have oil in the top end now. There's a fix, though. Add a couple ounces of Sea Foam motor treatment to the gas tank, crank it a few times to draw it through the system, then let it sit overnight and try again tomorrow. If it fires, it'll probably smoke for a couple minutes but that's normal. If you're lucky, that might cure the carb problem, too. Sea Foam works wonders when the problem is dirt, oil, or varnish and not mechanical. (No, I don't work for them. Just became a believer the first time I tried it.)
You might check on the side of the motor base for a drain plug if there isn't one on the bottom. Some older motors have no plug and have to be drained with a hand pump. If you Google your make and model #, often you can find an online manual that will give you that info.
Just FYI, you should never turn a motor on its side or upside down. If you, for instance, need to clear something under a lawnmower, lift one side just enough to access it, keeping the carb on the high side. Even then, if you tilt it too far or keep it tilted too long, you risk oil getting into the muffler/spark arrestor and clogging things up on that side.

Good luck!

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