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Old 10-29-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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hi all, bought a house, previous owner left a snow blower behind. Cleaned it up, changed the oil then I go put gas in it and voila I have a gallon of gas on my garage floor.

Looks like he broke the carburetor bowl bolt's head somehow and then duct taped it to keep the whole thing in place

Anyway, the bolt stud is still stuck in there, any ideas on how I can get it out of there. I am attaching a picture. I guess worse case I can buy a new carburetor. Already removed it so I can work on it.

Thanks for any and all advice!
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:12 PM   #2
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How lucky you feeling?
There a pain to get out, the whole thing is hard to get a good enough grip on in a vice.
Your going to have to use a prick pinch to hit the exact center of that brass piece.
Once it's marked drill it out with the proper sized drill bit then use an EZ out. A good EZ out will have the size to drill right on it.
Going to have to be real easy and slow when drilling brass. It's going to want to grab and once it goes through stop ASAP because it's going to want to keep on going into the hole.

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Looks like someone already tried an easy out and broke it off. If that's the case, I'd start looking for another carb.
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I would just go and purchase a new carb, or convert to Propane. See http://runpropane.com/For_Small_Engines.php

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Looks like someone already tried an easy out and broke it off. If that's the case, I'd start looking for another carb.
I'd go carb shopping as well. Cleaning that up wouldn't be worth the effort.
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Once you snap the EZ-out...you are "screwed".

Pardon the pun.
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Thank you all. New carb it is. I will take a look at the propane idea though, that sounds interesting.
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and voila I have a gallon of gas on my garage floor.



Thanks for any and all advice!
For GAWD sake and yours too get the dam thing outdoors to gas it.
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A left hand drill bit would probably back it out pretty quickly.
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hi all, bought a house, previous owner left a snow blower behind. Cleaned it up, changed the oil then I go put gas in it and voila I have a gallon of gas on my garage floor.

Looks like he broke the carburetor bowl bolt's head somehow and then duct taped it to keep the whole thing in place

Anyway, the bolt stud is still stuck in there, any ideas on how I can get it out of there. I am attaching a picture. I guess worse case I can buy a new carburetor. Already removed it so I can work on it.

Thanks for any and all advice!
Dang, thats one good camera, oz.
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Thanks again everyone. I was actually able to get it out. I filed down one of those eye glass screw drivers to make it very sharp, was able to drill a tiny entry point and hammer it in slowly and get the bolt out. $10 in parts, $8 in shipping =) ... so far so good.
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On some carbs like Tecumseh's that bolt also serves a jet, it'll have small holes drilled in it. If that's the case it'll have to be matched to the carb.
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You are right James this was one of them found it online at http://www.upstateoutdoorpowerequipment.com/

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