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Old 01-31-2011, 02:48 AM   #1
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snow blower issue, erratic engine


I have a Sears Craftsman 9hp snow thrower model 536.887995. It starts up right away but stalls after several minutes. Then will restart and runs for maybe 10 min. This pattern continues. Eventually it will run for a while. I've changed gas, spark plug etc. manual says not to add engine cleaner. No reference either to changing (cleaning a fuel filter). Any ideas?

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Start by giving it a good carb cleaning.

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well, I thought of that but the manual says not to add an engine cleaner (will harm engine). Are you saying it's Ok to add a carb cleaner?
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well, I thought of that but the manual says not to add an engine cleaner (will harm engine). Are you saying it's Ok to add a carb cleaner?
No.

Turn off the gas. Remove the bowl from the carb (there's usually just one bolt, in the center, holding it on), and clean it. I'd bet you have some crap floating around in there.

Get some aerosol carb cleaner and spray up into the carb while the bowl is off.

Be careful to note its position when you remove it. Some carb bowls are indented so the float can move freely. Also be careful removing and reinstalling the bowl gasket.
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super thanks!
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